Looking for an awesome set of lesson plans to teach during the month of July…or even during summer school? This set of four units has everything you need to get students learning all summer long! Filled with units on writing, reading, analyzing, speaking, and listening, this bundle is all you need to put together a fun set of lesson plans all July long! The best part? All of your lesson planning is done for you! Just print and teach!
This bundle includes:
• Fable Writing Unit
-- In this 10-day unit students will study mentor texts to become experts on the characteristics of fables and children’s books. Then, they will write their own fable in the form of a children’s book. After reading and studying mentor texts, students will begin writing their fables.
• Theme Mini-Unit
-- This 3-day mini-unit is designed to make learning fun while helping students go beyond the surface meaning of text to truly understand the author's message and the underlying meaning of the text.
• ”The People Could Fly”
-- Students will read and analyze the folktale, “The People Could Fly” in this 5-day unit. Students will develop skills in reading, citing textual evidence, finding word meaning in context, determining theme, and comprehending a complex text.
• Summer Reading Project
-- Help students enhance and retain their reading skills this summer with this super engaging summer reading project! In it, students will read a book and complete a creative and engaging file folder reading project to demonstrate their understanding of the book they read. In this summer reading project, students will read a book and then create a book report inside a manila folder.
This bundle is part of this YEAR OF ELA INSTRUCTION!
The bundle includes 60 turn-key units that you can teach all year long! Units are bundled into monthly folders with a suggested scope and sequence. Your entire year is already planned for you! LEARN MORE HERE.
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• January Unit Plans Pack
• February Unit Plans Pack
• March Unit Plans Pack
• April Unit Plans Pack
• May Unit Plans Pack
• June Unit Plans Pack
• July / Summer Unit Plans Pack
• August Unit Plans Pack
• September Unit Plans Pack
• October Unit Plans Pack
• November Unit Plans Pack
• December Unit Plans Pack
Learn more about the units included in this bundle:
Fable Writing Unit
– 10 Days – 58 pages
In this 10-day unit students will study mentor texts to become experts on the characteristics of fables and children’s books.
Then, they will write their own fable in the form of a children’s book. After reading and studying mentor texts, students will begin writing their fables. During the pre-writing phase students will select a moral, plan their fable, develop their characters, and establish the setting for their story. Students will develop their plot with plot development tools including brainstorming the conflict, outlining the plot sequence, creating a storyboard, and a plot pitch exercise with peers. After writing their first draft, students will revise their fables with revision guides on dialogue, showing rather than telling, adding sensory details, peer editing, and self-editing. Finally, after planning out the text and illustrations in their children’s book, students will produce a children’s book. Completed children’s books are perfect for sharing! Students can share their books with the entire class, small groups, partners, or even read them to younger students. This unit is fun, engaging, and a definite student-favorite!
This detailed Fable Writing Unit includes:
• Detailed Unit/Lesson Plans (10)
• Student Grade Sheet
• Fable Rubric
The Student Fable Writing Packet Includes:
• Children’s Book Review Guide (3)
• Favorite Children’s Book Reflection
• Guided Notes - Children’s Books and Fables
• Fable Lesson Brainstorm
• Pre-Write - Planning
• Pre-Write - Character Brainstorm
• Pre-Write - Setting
• Pre-Write - Brainstorming the Conflict
• Pre-Write - Plot
• Pre-Write - Storyboard
• Plot Pitch Activity
• Revising - Dialogue
• Revising - Showing Rather Than Telling
• Revising - Sensory Details
• Illustration Brainstorm
• Text and Illustration Storyboard
• Peer Conference Guide
• Editing Checklist
(13 keys total)
• Guided Notes Keys
• Sample keys for all pre-writing and revising activities (10)
– 5 Days – 49 pages
This mini-unit provides numerous opportunities to develop the skill of identifying theme. Each lesson starts with a fun and engaging activity including Theme Comics, Cut-and-Paste Matching, and a Poetry Walk. Then, students learn about and practice identifying theme through whole group instruction, small group work, partnerships, and independent practice.
In this mini-unit, students will develop a deep understanding of literary devices, theme, explicit and implied theme, and how to identify theme in a passage. Students will complete guided notes, reading comprehension passages, graphic organizers and theme analysis with mini-passages. In addition, they’ll practice identifying theme by reading and acting in a play and while reading short and long reading passages. This is a fun unit for students and teachers!
This detailed THEME mini-unit includes:
• 3 Detailed Daily Lesson Plans
• Comic Topics
• Comic Strip Template
• Matching Mini-Passages (6)
• Matching Cards
• 5 Poem Posters
• Theme in Poetry Graphic Organizer
• Play Parts for Character Tags (6)
• Theme and Literary Devices Guided Notes
• 3 Short Passages with Reading Comprehension Questions
• What is Theme? Graphic Organizer
• “The Four Oxen and a Lion” Play
• Identify the Theme Practice
• Long Reading Passage with Questions
• All keys for student work and instruction
”The People Could Fly”
- 5 days – 62 pages
In this unit, students creatively build background on Virginia Hamilton, slavery, and “The People Could Fly”
by assembling a group puzzle and participating in “Everyone’s an Expert”. Then, students develop understanding of the folktale through an initial reading and listening to the piece. Working with partners, students investigate the vocabulary in the folktale. After a circle reading of the folktale, students reflect on their learning. Then, after collaboratively creating a theme web, students create theme links that they can string together as a visual representation of the tale’s message. After a third reading of the folktale, students dive deeper into the folktale genre and provide textual evidence to support their understanding. Working in groups of five, students, then, discuss the folktale while responding to 25 discussion questions. The final assessment of the unit requires students to show their understanding, summarize the folktale, identify elements of the genre, identify its purpose, and analyze its theme.
This detailed unit includes:
- Detailed Unit Plan
- Detailed, Daily Lesson Plans (outlining each day’s instruction)
- Virginia Hamilton Puzzle
- “Everyone’s an Expert” Fact Cards
- 25 Discussion Questions
- “Draw to Show Understanding” Extension Activity
- Note Categories: Virginia Hamilton, Slavery, and “The People Could Fly”
- Pre-Read Writing Prompt
- Folktale Genre Notes
- Developing Understanding Graphic Organizer
- Text Vocabulary
- Reflection Worksheet
- Theme Web
- Theme Analysis and Link
- Folktale Analysis
- Discussion Centers Expectations
- Discussion Centers Notes
Summer Reading Project
– Every Day – 36 pages
In this summer reading project, students will read a book and then create a book report inside a manila folder. Their report will include a plot diagram, character chart, setting profile, theme analysis, personal review and a listing of other books by the same author. For each element of the file folder project students complete guided pre-writes. Then, they write rough drafts for each piece of the project. Finally, after editing and revising their work, students create final copies of each report element and glue them into and onto their folders. The final product is a bold, interactive, and comprehensive book report.
This detailed project includes:
• Detailed Teacher Overview
• Implementation Guide for Teachers
• File Folder Book Project Grading Rubric
• Detailed Review of the Project (About, Evaluation, Critical Elements, Materials)
• Listing of Steps to Complete the Project
• How-To Guide for Assembling the Project (with pictures)
• First Draft Materials (12 Pages): Plot Events and Diagram, Character Chart, Setting Profile, Theme Analysis, Personal Reflection, and Listing of Other Books by the Same Author
• Tips and Tricks for completing the project
• Final Copy Materials – Sized and ready for students to complete and assemble in their file folders.
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