Dragon’s Milk, by Susan Fletcher: Novel Study and Interactive Notebook
"Dragon’s Milk: Novel Study and Interactive Notebook" utilizes the fantasy-adventure story ‘Dragon’s Milk,’ by Susan Fletcher, in a complete novel study and interactive notebook to practice reading, writing, vocabulary, and more! This pack is filled with everything you will need for your novel study in a teacher- and printer-friendly format, and your students are sure to love it!
Here are the reading strategies and skills covered:
1. Understanding how characters relate to one another
2. Examining the identity of the protagonist
3. Responding to issues that repeat
4. Digging deeper into key issues for more meaning
5. Exploring changes in characters throughout the text
6. Thinking about character motivations and making inferences based on what we know
7. Studying how settings influence the plot
8. Noticing foreshadowing and using clues to make predictions
9. Comparing and contrasting the protagonist at the beginning and end of the story to notice changes
Here is what we include in this thorough novel study and interactive notebook pack:
- For every 3-chapter segment (for a total of 9 segments), we provide:
1. A reading mini lesson guide for the section (3 chapters), describing the teaching objective, how to teach it using ‘Dragon’s Milk,' and suggestions for how to have students practice
2. An interactive notebook activity using the templates provided that allows students to practice the targeted reading strategy and demonstrate their understandings
3. Summary handout of the reading strategy or skill for students to add to their notebooks
4. Photos and descriptions for the teacher to know how to set up the interactive portions
5. 8 key vocabulary terms per segment, with word flaps and interactive reading passages for 7-8 of the words, so students first write the definition and part of speech under the flap and then practice using the context of the story to determine where the new words best fit
6. Discussion questions for the segment
7. A short quiz on the segment’s key vocabulary and content of the chapter, with a full answer key
8. A journal response for students to practice writing after reading the segment
This pack is aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) listed below:
- 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.6.3. Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
- 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.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.7.3. Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).
- 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.RL.8.2. Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3. Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
- 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.
Our students absolutely loved their interactive notebooks and all the activities in this unit, and we know yours will, too!
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