For the novel Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson, the chapter analysis provides a framework for students to complete a deep literary analysis for every chapter grouping of the novel. The chapter questions are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and designed not only to have students practice literary skills but also demonstrate their comprehension of the text. If you're looking for a comprehensive unit and suite of materials for Chains that INCLUDES this resource, check out Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson Unit: Novel Study, Tests, Spy Tasks, Projects
This resource is also technology friendly! It can be utilized in classrooms where computers or tablets are central to instruction because the resource has been adapted for digital completion. The resource includes links for students to complete the assignments in either Google Drive or Google Classroom. With these links, you can have students complete their work online. All they will have to do is create a text box! There are links for every student work page (not assessments), making the format friendly not only for technology but also trees. The resources include:
Chapter Analysis: For the novel Chains, this document can offer several different uses. It could supply homework, facilitate guided reading groups, or stimulate whole class reading analysis and discussion for each chapter. The document has 20 assignments - one for each chapter grouping of the book - and each assignment includes 11 questions aligned to CCSS ELA skills, such as:
• Identifying main idea and support using details from the text
• Identifying and analyzing parts of plot – how elements of a story interact
• Identify conflict and types of conflict
• Analyze how conflict affects characters and creates suspense
• Analyze character and make inferences about character motivation
• Identify and analyze symbols for their deeper meaning
• Identify themes of the text and explain the lesson learned
• Analyze the effectiveness of flashbacks and foreshadowing
• Analyze setting for mood and conflict
• Identify and analyze point of view
• Identify irony and the effectiveness of irony
• Make inferences based on textual evidence
• Analyze tone and determine the meaning of words, phrases, and figurative language
Visualization Section: Each assignment also sees students identifying an example of figurative language and drawing a visualization of their example. This is a great way to have students use their imagination but also get them to “see” what the author is trying to convey. NOTE: Modified for digital format.
Mini-Quizzes: The mini-quizzes are a way to test students’ comprehension of the text. This space can be used for the single question quizzes provided in the resource. There are multiple potential uses that could fit the needs of your classroom. (NOTE: The digital version is not formatted to allow for students to complete the quizzes online. However, as you have access to all the questions, you can still use the content and determine the best method to deliver it).
Answer Key: The key provides potential answers for every question asked in every assignment. This includes comprehension quiz questions and analytic questions. Of course, not all analytic questions have just one answer. Part of the strength of the analysis question is the room they leave for students to demonstrate their unique thinking. Therefore, use the answers at your discretion but know they provide a solid foundation for the type of performance that makes for quality work.
The entire resource and its inclusive set of questions allow for multiple potential uses based on your determination about when and where it would be most helpful, either in-class or for homework. All aspects of the assignments, though, are aligned to the Common Core State Standards in order for students to have ample opportunities to practice and demonstrate their knowledge across numerous, essential literary skills.
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