Ever want to teach students how to use apostrophes for contractions but you aren't sure how to fit it into the curriculum in a way that makes sense? Well, I always wanted to and I finally did it on my own, with COMMON CORE ALIGNMENT, using John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.
This is an eight page Microsoft Word doc. It is a three page lesson plan and a five page overhead / handout. (You can use the five pages as an overhead if you have an elmo or a projector, you can use the five pages as a handout, or you can do both.) The lesson plan is incredibly detailed. It contains expected student responses to the do-now, the rationale behind the do-now, the common core alignment and standard, mini-lesson, definitions, pivotal questions, examples, group-work, summation, etc. It even has a reading log prompt if you want the students to do some additional reading and practice on their own. It is print ready and perfect in case you use this lesson during an observation or if you simply want to make sure you have the best, most detailed lesson plan you can have.
The overhead / handout is very student friendly. It contains space and graphic organizers for answers, responses, and student work. If you have a differentiated classroom this will work perfectly for you.
This specific lesson teaches the students what apostrophes are, what they are used for, and how to use them appropriately when it comes to contractions. This lesson draws from, and uses examples from, chapter 4 of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. It also affords students the opportunity to work with chapter 4 for extended practice.
I have additional Of Mice and Men lessons, most of which center around grammar, sentence structure, and language use, so if you feel this lesson is a success, please feel free to check out my other lessons. There are additional lesson plans on apostrophes, for possession or ownership, as well.