Dar and the Spear-Thrower Literary Elements

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6th, 7th, 8th
Common Core Standards
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Understanding what character traits, figurative language, point of view, foreshadowing, plot, and theme are and how they are used aids comprehension and deepens appreciation when reading a novel. All these literary elements as well as multiple meaning words are discussed in this product.

Each literary element is defined and examples from the novel are provided as models for all but the character study, which instead uses a well-known historical figure to illustrate character traits because it is more likely students will be familiar with that person than with a randomly selected character from a novel. Students are then instructed to complete various types of tasks to demonstrate their understanding of each literary element. The same format is provided for multiple meaning words. All these resources have accompanying answer keys for the student tasks.

There are 7 versions of the character study organizer; they are differentiated for male or female characters and by the types of traits students are asked to describe. Some students may find some organizers easier than others to complete. Plot is explained by using plot diagrams and 2 different versions are included -- a basic, simple version and a more detailed, complex version.

In addition, a page with explanatory information for teachers is provided and it includes a table recommending after which chapter each concept should be taught, since the examples in the models reference events and people in particular chapters (although you can also use different versions of the character study organizers at different points in the novel, if you wish). A table of contents and a page listing ELA Common Core anchor standards, for teachers working in Common Core states, are also provided in this product.

Help your students learn about literary elements and multiple meaning words so they will better understand this wonderful story of a Cro-Magnon boy growing up in Ice Age France!

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)

★ Character study materials (8 pages)

★ Plot -- basic version materials (4 pages)

★ Plot -- detailed version materials (6 pages)

★ Figurative language materials (5 pages)

★ Point of view materials (7 pages)

★ Foreshadowing materials (2 pages)

★ Multiple meaning words materials (2 pages)

★ Theme materials (2 pages)

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

★ A page listing the ELA Common Core anchor standards this product is aligned with (1 page)


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