This literature unit is designed to increase reading comprehension and vocabulary building skills. Worksheets are designed to aid discussions whether in a literature circle or one-to-one reading conference.
This literature unit is designed for students in the third through 8th grades. It consists of 15 pages, the first twelve of which correspond to the bookÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s 12 chapters. Each of these worksheets introduces that chapterÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s new vocabulary in context, and students are encouraged to return after reading to check their understanding of each wordÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s meaning. The second half of the worksheet presents 1 to 4 questions that students need to think about before meeting with their reading group to discuss them. The questions are open ended and require students to draw conclusions, make inferences, and consider cause and effect. Space is given for students to jot down notes to guide their discussion, but the teacher can also require complete sentence answers to make this a more individualized assignment. The last three worksheets in the unit require the student to decide when significant events happened, recall important details, and compare three characters using a modified Venn diagram. These last three pages can also serve as a final assessment of the studentÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s comprehension. It is my hope that this unit will make In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson an even more compelling reading experience for your students!