This Omega English bundle contains 47 pages of graphic organizers and handouts to accompany the short story “Zebra” by Chaim Potok and excerpts from “Letter To a Young Artists” by Anna Deavere Smith. These products are a must have for teachers teaching this unit. The product description is below:
Anticipation Guide - Stimulates student’s interest, builds curiosity, activates their prior knowledge, challenges them to think critically, and helps them self-reflect on their perspectives of art.
Analysis Sentence Starters Hand Out- A handout with sentence stems/starters that help prompt analysis during discussion and writing. It can be used across disciplines.
Argumentative Handout – This handout helps students understand argumentative writing. It discusses the various parts of an argumentative essay.
Genre Characteristic Worksheet – This versatile worksheet encourages students to identify the characteristics of the genre, identify textual evidence, and provide an analysis.
Collaborate and Present Graphic Organizers – Students review the story and the excerpt and find textual evidence of what mentors did and how they might affect an individual’s life. In addition, students’ self-reflect on their own lives and record who their mentor is, why that specific person is considered their mentor, and how they affected their life. Students have an opportunity to demonstrate their artistic abilities and create a visual representing their relationship with this individual.
Scaffolding Mentor Writing Worksheet- This worksheet is great for struggling learners, ESL, F-ELL, or reluctant writers. It contains a writing worksheet with scaffolding. It also contains a model.
Analyzing the Central Idea – Students will analyze the central idea of Mr. Wilson’s letter how the author crafts and develops the letters. In addition, they will analyze the purpose or function of the letter and compare it to the Anna Deavere Smith’s letters. The organizers also focus on the central idea of “Zebra” and discuss how the main characters help develop the central idea.
Analysis of Evidence- Students will review the major events of the short story and record textual evidence that illustrates the conflicts Zebra goes through. Students then analyze how the power of art helps heal Zebra after his accident.
Literary Elements Worksheet – Students analyze the various literary elements used in “Zebra” and analyze how these literary elements deepen the reader’s understanding of the text
Academic Vocabulary – Students review the academic vocabulary used in the texts and are able to practice the vocabulary in different contexts. This worksheet also provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of the words in an artistic form.
Conflict In “Zebra” - Contains a vivid 4 page handout discussing what conflict is and the different types of conflict. It can also be used as a poster or projected during a lesson. In addition, students can use the conflict organizers to record the conflict in the short story “Zebra.” They help students identify the various types of conflict, locate textual evidence, and provide an analysis.
Brainstorming Worksheet- Students brainstorm about their perspectives of art and what are the requirements to create great art
Argumentative Worksheets- Students record their positions, identify the counterclaim, record evidence to support their claim, and analyze the evidence recorded
Text- To- Connections: Students use this worksheet to make text to world, text to text, and text to self-connections
Note- Taking and Central Idea Graphic Organizers- Students use this graphic organizer to record concrete details, vocabulary, analysis of the text, and pose potential questions
Analyzing the Model Graphic Organizers- Students
First Read Matrix – Letters To a Young Artist
Keywords: Middle School, 8th grade, Code X, Code X 8th Grade, Letters To a Young Artist, Zebra, Chaim Potok, Anna Deavere Smith, argumentative writing, conflict, Text To, literary elements
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