“I Am Legend” by Richard Matheson Chapter Worksheets, Art Projects, Review, and Assessment
I Am Legend is a 1954 science fiction horror novel by American writer Richard Matheson. It was influential in the development of the zombie-vampire genre of fiction, and in popularizing the concept of a worldwide apocalypse due to disease. The novel was a success and was adapted into the plot of films, namely: The Last Man on Earth (1964), The Omega Man (1971), I Am Legend (2007).
This is teaching materials for the novella that might be considered untraditional. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels. The other assessment is a creative art sheet. One worksheet covers chapters that equal approximately 30-45 minutes of reading.
The creative art sheets asks the student to use the details from the story and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the story. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation. For this story, the sheets ask the student to create PSA posters for various aspects of the story.
There is a pretest for vocabulary portion and a traditional test for final assessment that covers the vocabulary and the story. Along with this, there is a review Jeopardy game, a review bingo, and review packet.
The materials provided
9 Reading/Chapter Worksheets
4 Creative Art Sheets
Test Review Sheet
Test Review Bingo (Cards & “Bingo Balls”)
Test Review Jeopardy
NOTE: I have decided to include the Word Documents that the PDFs are created from so that if you would like to customize the unit for your classroom you can. However, I have used formatting and custom fonts that are not standard with many versions of Microsoft office. This may mean that opening them with a different version of office or without the same fonts installed will throw the formatting off. If so it may take some work to adapt them in your class. I am including them as an extra and would ask that I am not rated on the usability of the Word Docs. Since they are not the finished product, but an extra.
There are two projects that I use along with this one, one in preparation for the story and another after the test. I did not include them with this unit for two reasons. First I wanted to keep the price as low as possible. Second, both are not absolutely necessary and both work well on their own. I would encourage you to check them out and pick them up if you think your class will benefit from their use.
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