Hoot by Carl Hiaasen Copyright: 2002
Literature Unit by A. Schleinz
Read, Write: Learn! 2017 Amy S.
Genre: Realistic Fiction; Environmental Protection
Grades 5-8; Guided Reading: V/W Paperback: 292 pages
Teacher Copy includes:
1. Related Common Core Standards
2. Chapter Summaries
3. Vocabulary and definitions per chapter
I am a strong proponent of specifically teaching vocabulary. The following is one article regarding the importance of vocabulary instruction: http://ngl.cengage.com/assets/downloads/edge_pro0000000030/am_moore_why_vocab_instr_mtrs.pdf
4. Questions per chapter and suggested answers to questions
One other approach to encourage readers to think about the text is to give them the option of writing what they think is the most important part of a chapter and why.
5. Plot information: main setting(s); character(s); events; climax; resolution
Learner Copy includes:
1. Chapter response template: lines for chapter summary (who, did what, where, when and why) and lines for answers to 2 chapter questions
2. Chapter questions are provided with lines to be answered per chapter AND
3. Chapter questions are provided as a complete packet to be answered either on included chapter response template OR in individual learners notebooks.
**Many questions are based on Fountas and Pinnell Level V/W Guided Reading Comprehension Questions.
**Note: Answers are given to help the teacher guide the discussion - especially if the teacher has not had time to thoroughly read the text. Allow students to discuss their answers, probing for evidence from the text. A few questions do not include an answer, as the answers are interpretations from the text. It is your discretion as to how many questions should be answered and whether the answers should be answered orally, in written form, or a combination.
4. Option of defined or undefined vocabulary words for each chapter
5. Frayer Vocabulary Model Template **Print multiple copies of the Frayer Vocabulary Template for students to use while reading HOOT. You could print many copies per student OR have each student keep a template to use as a reference for what to include in a vocabulary entry in their reading response notebook.
6. Differentiated formats for vocabulary:
**Differentiated Vocabulary options: 1. students independently find unfamiliar words to define 2. students are given a list of words, organized by chapter, to define while reading 3. students are given a list of words with definitions to refer to while reading.
7. Plot Diagram Template - is beneficial for this unit, but not provided.