This book study is full of vocabulary, comprehension, phonics, and writing activities to accompany the story Julius written by Angela Johnson. This story about the love between a little girl and her pet pig is also part of the second grade Houghton Mifflin Reading Series. The following is included in this resource:
Vocabulary Flashcards – Introduce and use these vocabulary flashcards throughout your study of Julius. When discussing these words, you can discuss phonics and word analysis skills, as well as incorporate mini-lessons on word endings, syllables, and parts of speech.
Dictionary Activity – We know that students need to be able to use glossaries or dictionaries to clarify the meaning of unknown words. You can use this activity to teach or assess dictionary skills while giving your students more practice with their tier 2 vocabulary words. I have included a blank copy of this activity, so that you can choose different words to focus on, or even use it for another story.
Vocabulary Activity – You can use this activity as small group practice or as an individual assessment.
Comprehension / Discussion Questions – Use these questions to assess your students understanding of the story.
Manners Book – Creative Writing – You have everything you need for your students to successfully complete this creative writing activity including a prewriting graphic organizer, instructions with an example, the manners book pages (cover page and inside pages), as well as an assessment rubric. This writing activity requires that the students read and comprehend the text as well as demonstrate the conventions of English grammar and usage when writing. Students must go back in the text in order to find specific examples of when Julius displayed poor manners and write about how he should change that particular behavior.
Point of View Activity – Students must be able to acknowledge differences in points of view of characters. In this activity, the students will go back in to the text to compare Maya’s feelings about Julius to that of her parents.
Irregular Past Tense Verbs – I have included a discussion poster, a center activity (matching cards) and an assessment all related to irregular past tense verbs. Many of the sentences and examples used came directly from the story Julius.
Julius vs. Real Pigs Comparison Graphic Organizer (Nonfiction Text Included) – In this chart, students compare Julius to real pigs. I have included nonfiction text about pigs so that students can use the text to help them complete the graphic organizer.
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