This is a novel unit based upon the book "Gideon's Gift" by Karen Kingsbury. This is a moving novel set during the Christmas season with an amazing message. You will be receiving everything you need to teach this novel! You will receive 3 weeks of lesson plans ready to cut out and glue into your plan book. You will receive a variety of power points as well. You will receive 2 weeks worth of vocabulary words, graphic organizers, power points to introduce the words each week, and quizzes for both weeks. A variety of power points are included to prepare students to read and create visual stimulation during the lesson. Literature Maps, Contrast Charts, Quickwrites, Irregular Fold Response, Polar Opposites, and journal entries are just a few. You will also receive links to create life size characters based upon the two main characters. This is an activity that has engaged my students throughout the first week of this novel. They love to create their characters! Students are also encouraged to incorporate text evidence to show how the author uses text to create the character's personality. A rubric is included to grade the characters.
A variety of comprehension activities are included. Cause & Effect, Sequencing, Found Poems, Text-Dependent Questions, Drawing Conclusions, & Text to Self Connections are a few of the skills taught throughout this unit.
You will also be given instructions for a culminating book jacket book report! My students have done an amazing job on these over the years! It requires students to analyze the text, summarize each chapter, and the book, write a short autobiography, and review 10 of the vocabulary words taught throughout the lesson. This is a great way to wrap up this unit!
This is an excellent way to engage your students during the Christmas season, while teaching a variety of essential reading and language arts skills. This is by far one of my favorite units that I teach all year! If you've never read this novel I highly reccomend that you do! It is life changing! Thank you for considering my products. Please leave feedback if you like this Christmas novel study!