In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Betty Bao Lord is a great novel study. Students practice multiple reading skills with a focus on similes and summarizing. After each chapter in The Year of the Boar, students identify similes and write a “gist” statement (1-2 sentence summary of each chapter).
In addition, the Year of the Boar unit includes a wide variety of activities from which to choose including non-fiction reading selections, creative writing activities, and a sports trading card mini research project.
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Common Core Standards (4th)
Gist Statements (summarizing)
Creative Writing-- Create a Chinese Name
Character Chart (3 Phases of Shirley)
Cause and Effect Chart
Non-Fiction Reading (compare details in the book to non-fiction reading selections to see if the book is historically accurate)
Compare/Contrast Shirley to Jackie Robinson
Mini Research Activity (create a sports trading card-- sample included, 2 versions)
3-Paragraph Expository Essay
2 Reading Comprehension Quizzes
Reading Comprehension Questions, 1-2 questions per chapter
Chinese Zodiac Chart
**Teacher notes, answer keys, and student samples included**
I use the picture book, The Name Jar by Choi, as a pre-reading activity before starting In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson with my students. CLICK HERE
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You might also be interested in my biography product for Who Was Jackie Robinson?
by Gail Herman.
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