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Through the “Passport to Learning”, students can deeply engage with any piece of literature, develop a variety of reading and literary skills, and track their progress along the way. While taking them on a fun learning journey, students will see how repeatedly focusing on key skills helps them better understand the text and improve their abilities.
Passport Pages: Novels and short stories are filled with opportunities for literary analysis. Each passport page focuses on a particular skill. Regardless of the text you choose, students can engage with that text to develop their literary proficiency in that specific skill. Assignments also require students to use textual evidence to support their claims. The standards-aligned lessons focus on the following:
• Identifying and analyzing setting for mood and conflict
• Character analysis
• Identifying and analyzing conflict
• Identifying and analyzing plot
• Identifying and analyzing point of view
• Analysis of symbols for deeper meaning
• Analyze figurative language for its deeper meaning
• Analysis of flashbacks and foreshadowing
• Development of motif and theme across the text
Technology-Enabled: This resource is also technology friendly! It can be utilized in classrooms where computers or tablets are central to instruction because the resource has been adapted for digital completion. The resource includes links for students to complete the student pages in Google Slides™. For instance, students can work with the documents in Google Drive™ or via Google Classroom™. With these links, you can have students complete their work online. (NOTE: Not all assignments are conducive to digital completion; however, the pages are still provided in the digital format.) All they will have to do is create a text box! There are links for every student work page, making the format friendly not only for technology but also trees.
The entire resource and its inclusive set of questions allows for multiple potential uses based on your determination about when and where it would be most helpful, either in-class, whole group, small group, or for homework. Regardless, every question is aligned to a relevant Common Core State Standard.