Dar and the Spear-Thrower Introduction and Extension Activities

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Use these resources to introduce this novel and to extend learning after reading it. The 8 pre-reading tasks include an anticipation guide, short writing tasks, KWL charts, a Venn diagram compare and contrast task, and analyzing photographs. The 4 post-reading activities include creating a timeline, completing an ABC chart, writing essays, and doing research.

Dar and the Spear-Thrower is set in Ice Age Europe and the introduction tasks help provide a context to the novel which will help students understand and appreciate it better. The anticipation guide asks students about how they would react to various situations that are similar to those the novel's main character finds himself in. There are 2 quick-write tasks that ask students to discuss what they know about prehistory. Another quick-write task asks students for a more personal response. The KWL charts also ask students about the Ice Age and prehistory, and students compare and contrast present-day life with prehistoric life with the Venn diagram. Analyzing photographs of objects that are crucial to the plot of the novel helps active students' interest and provides visuals to help them better comprehend the story. Instructions for each of these low-prep tasks are provided. The number and variety of pre-reading activities means you can select the ones which best meet the needs of your students and your teaching situation, if you choose not to use all of them. Students can do these introductory activities in class or they can be assigned for homework.

You can use the post-reading activities to supplement students' learning. The timeline activity asks students to choose some important events in the novel and place them in chronological order. The ABC chart activity lets students show their understanding by writing words and phrases about the story for each letter of the alphabet. There are 3 essay questions that help students connect with ideas presented in the novel and a rubric is included so you can easily assess students' work. There are 4 research topics, which can be done as either reports or foldables, and rubrics for assessing each type of product are provided.

A table of contents makes it easy to find the various vocabulary resources and other pages at the beginning offer explanatory information for teachers and list the ELA Common Core standards addressed by this product.

Help prepare your students for reading this wonderful story of a Cro-Magnon boy growing up in Ice Age France and and then bring closure to the novel after you have finished reading it with these resources!

PLEASE NOTE: This product is included in the complete Dar and the Spear-Thrower Novel Study product. If you are purchasing the complete novel study, it is not necessary to also purchase this product.


What you get in this product:

★ A table of contents (1 page)

★ A page with instructions for implementing the pre-reading tasks (1 page)

★ 1 anticipation guide (1 page)

★ 3 quick-write tasks (3 pages)

★ 2 KWL chart tasks (2 pages)

★ A Venn Diagram compare and contrast task (1 page)

★ A photo analysis task (1 page)

★ A page listing the post-reading activities and materials for them (1 page)

★ A timeline activity (4 pages)

★ An ABC chart activity (1 page)

★ 3 essay questions and assessment rubric (4 pages)

★ 4 research topics, foldable template, and 2 rubrics (4 pages)

★ A Notes to the Teacher page with explanatory information (1 page)

★ A page listing the ELA Common Core standards (1 page)


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Dar and the Spear-Thrower Introduction and Extension Activities