Columbine Literature Guide, Unit Plan, Dave Cullen

Julie Faulkner
Grade Levels
10th - 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
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250 pages
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Columbine, while a nonfiction, true-crime informational text by definition, reads like a novel with a narrative structure and complex organization pattern that grabs and challenges the reader from page one. Its narrative is one that certainly speaks to teens today, and this unit is the product of classroom experience and has been years in development.

This unit plan is designed to take your students through the Columbine tragedy delicately and sensitively as the subject matter can be difficult, while requiring students to study and dig into the text as critically as possible. Paired poetry readings offer the opportunity to touch on the more complicated emotional themes, students will readily accept and enjoy this text. Various other interactive, hands-on, and creative activities will provide you with many ways to engage your students and have them take ownership of their own learning in this four to five week unit plan. All the basics are here, too: reading quizzes, grammar worksheets, journal prompts, vocabulary, research and final project prompts. You can use it all or just use some. This unit in its entirety touches every CCSS writing standard, many literature and info text standards, digital media standards for speaking and listening, and several language standards. Each resource is matched with its standards throughout the pack.


- active reading comprehension questions

- vocabulary lists, sentences, quizzes, answers

- three grammar exercises, answers

- frequently confused words practice, answers

- reading quizzes

- journal/discussion prompts

- two info text lessons (video game violence, school safety)

- three poetry lessons (Poe and Oliver)

- one short research and presentation media project (media mistakes)

- prereading activities

- interactive review activities

- final project menu boards

- three classroom posters

- characterization worksheets

- multiple prompts

- figurative language worksheets

- essential questions

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♥ "Columbine is a large novel, so this product was great for focusing on key passages. I used it during distance learning and it was most of my students' favorite unit of the year. It fostered a lot of great discussion."

♥ "Oh. My. Goodness!! I LOVE teaching this novel and have been waiting for something like this to help me go more in depth and add more to my unit. This is PERFECT! It is so complete, with so much to get the kids really thinking critically to such a complex novel. I love the journal prompts, the quizzes, the vocab....everything. THANK YOU so much for putting this together! This will make teaching this novel (which my kids love reading and trying to comprehend), so much more dynamic. Another awesome unit from your store!!!"

♥ "Wow! Very rich in content and details!"

♥ "Let me say up front, this is a GREAT unit! I am an AP Language and Composition teacher who is currently about half way through this book with my classes as our last read before the end of the year. We are sprinting through the material, but all of the amazing and diverse items in this bundle are ensuring that my students understand the content, explore literary features and consider outside connections. I bought this unit before I began teaching the unit and found it immensely helpful! Even though I have read this book over 5 times and annotated the past 2 reads, this resource brought forward new information and perspectives I hadn't even considered. If you are considering covering this book, this is a must have resource! You cannot find a better resource for a better price."

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Total Pages
250 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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