Canyons Complete Literature and Grammar Unit

Canyons Complete Literature and Grammar Unit
Canyons Complete Literature and Grammar Unit
Canyons Complete Literature and Grammar Unit
Canyons Complete Literature and Grammar Unit
Canyons Complete Literature and Grammar Unit
Canyons Complete Literature and Grammar Unit
Canyons Complete Literature and Grammar Unit
Canyons Complete Literature and Grammar Unit
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Our novel units are aligned to many of the Common Core Standards, including inference, main idea, elements of a story, and more!

This is a combined literature and grammar unit that contains everything you need to teach the novel and more! Included in the unit are pre-reading, active-reading and post-reading activities with grammar lessons, literary activities, a literary terms and elements matching quiz, a final essay test with grading rubric, and other activities just for fun!

*This unit also includes a link to $70 worth of free instructional PowerPoint Presentations created by me to use along with the grammar activities in the unit!


Table of Contents
FREE PRESENTATIONS AND ACTIVITIES! 4
LITERATURE CIRCLE ROLES 5
Detailer/Summarizer 5
Teacher for a Day 5
Vocabulary Expander 6
Director/Timekeeper 6
Reverse Side of the Literature Circle Role Sheets 7
Student Hand-out on Figurative Language 8
Student Hand-out on Figurative Language (pg. 2) 9
Figurative Language 10
Student Hand-out on Literary Terms and Elements of a Story 13
Student Hand-out on Literary Terms and Elements of a Story (pg. 2) 14
Active Reading Chapter Notes 15
Chapter Notes 16
Pre-reading Activity 17
Chapter 2 Setting & Point of View 18
Chapter 3 Nouns 19
Summary 19
Thought Question and Character Illustration 20
Chapter 4 Nouns: Singular and Plural and Important Details 21
Thought Question and Mood 22
Plagiarism & Foreshadowing and Prediction 23
Chapter 5 Adjectives & Character Thoughts 24
Friend or Foe? 25
Thought Question & Antagonist and Protagonist 27
Chapter 6 Verbs & Main Idea 28
Thought Question & Vocabulary 29
Dictionary or Thesaurus Activity 30
Grammar Activity: Using a Dictionary or Thesaurus to Find Antonyms 30
Character Interview 31
Simple and Compound Sentences 32
Chapter 7 Personal Pronouns & A Day with Mary Alice 33
Synopsis or Summary? 34
Thought Question and Chapter Summary Error! Bookmark not defined.
Happy Birthday to Mary Alice 35
Chapter 8 Prepositional Phrases 36
Main Idea 37
Chapter 9 Subjects and Predicates 37
Post Reading Activities Recommendations 39
Chronological Order 40
Climax and Rising and Falling Action 41
Author Study 42
Matching Quiz on Literary Terms and Elements of a Story 43
Answers to Matching Quiz on Literary Terms and Elements of a Story 44
Final Essay Test 45
Final Essay Test (pg. 2) 46
Rubric for Final Essay Test 47
Attention Teachers! 48
Quiz Creating Activity 49
Test Creating Activity 50
Test Creating Activity (pg. 2) 51
Reader Response to the Novel 52
Advertisement 53
Advice for Richard Peck 54
Book Review for A Year Down Yonder 55
Your Chance: Opinions and Feelings 56
Answers to Grammar Activities 57



*This unit also includes a link to $70 worth of free instructional PowerPoint Presentations created by me to use along with the grammar activities in the unit!


Table of Contents
FREE PRESENTATIONS AND ACTIVITIES! 5
LITERATURE CIRCLE ROLES 6
Detailer/Summarizer 6
Teacher for a Day 6
Vocabulary Expander 7
Director/Timekeeper 7
Reverse Side of the Literature Circle Role Sheets 8
Student Hand-out on Figurative Language 9
Student Hand-out on Figurative Language (pg. 2) 10
Figurative Language and Punctuation Practice 11
Answers to Figurative Language and Punctuation Practice 12
Figurative Language 13
Student Hand-out on Literary Terms and Elements of a Story 14
Student Hand-out on Literary Terms and Elements of a Story (pg. 2) 15
Active Reading Chapter Notes 16
Chapter Notes 17
Pre-reading Activity 18
A Diary for Brennan 19
Chapter 2 Setting & Point of View 21
Chapter 3 Nouns 22
Summary 22
Chapter 5 A Great Beginning and Thought Question 23
Thought Question 23
Activity for Thought: A Great Beginning 23
Chapter 7 Nouns: Singular and Plural and Important Details 24
Chapter 8 Thought Question and Mood 25
Chapter 9 Plagiarism & Foreshadowing and Prediction 26
Chapter 10 Adjectives & Character Thoughts 27
Chapter 11 Thought Question & Antagonist and Protagonist 28
Chapter 12 Verbs & Main Idea 29
Narrative and Dialogue 30
Chapter 13 Thought Question & Vocabulary 31
Chapter 14 Dictionary or Thesaurus Activity 32
Grammar Activity: Using a Dictionary or Thesaurus to Find Antonyms 32
Chapter 15 Create A Facebook Page for Brennan 33
Chapter 16 Simple and Compound Sentences 34
Chapter 17 Personal Pronouns & A Day with Brennan 35
Chapter 18 Synopsis or Summary? 36
Chapter 19 Thought Question and Chapter Summary 37
Chapter 20 A New Cover for Canyons 38
A New Cover for Canyons 38
Chapter 22 Prepositional Phrases 39
Chapter 23 Subjects and Predicates 40
Chapter 24 Main Idea 41
Post Reading Activities: Create Your Own Puzzle 42
Chronological Order 43
Climax and Rising and Falling Action 44
Author Study 45
Matching Quiz on Literary Terms and Elements of a Story 46
Answers to Matching Quiz on Literary Terms and Elements of a Story 47
Final Essay Test 48
Final Essay Test (pg. 2) 49
Rubric for Final Essay Test 50
Attention Teachers! 51
Quiz Creating Activity 52
Test Creating Activity 53
Test Creating Activity (pg. 2) 54
Reader Response to the Novel 55
Advertisement 56
Advice for Gary Paulsen 57
Your Chance: Opinions and Feelings 58
Book Events from Canyons 59
Answers to Grammar Activities 60


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Common Core Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.4.4a Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.4.4c Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1b Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.4a Use context (e.g., definitions, examples, or restatements in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.4c Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5a Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5b Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5c Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonyms, antonyms, homographs) to better understand each of the words.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4a Use context (e.g., cause/effect relationships and comparisons in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4c Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.1b Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.5.4a Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.5.4c Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.3 Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.6 Describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.1b Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.4a Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.4c Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.5a Interpret figures of speech (e.g., personification) in context.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1 Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.1b Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4a Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4c Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5b Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonym/antonym, analogy) to better understand each of the words.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.4a Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.4d Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.4c Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.5b Use the relationship between particular words to better understand each of the words
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