"Lob's Girl" Short Story Unit - Mood, Foreshadowing, Theme

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5th - 8th
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"Lob's Girl" Literature Study Unit

In this 8-day unit students will develop a deep understanding of Joan Aiken’s short story “Lob’s Girl” . Its tale of loyalty and friendship combined with mystery and suspense make it an incredibly engaging read. Students develop skills in understanding short story elements, mood development, theme, foreshadowing, vocabulary, dialect, and writing in this unit. Through whole class, small group, and independent work students not only stay actively engaged with their instruction, they also build crucial skills in reading, listening, and writing.

Common Core State Standards

- R.1, R.2, R.3, R.4, R.5, R.10

- W.1, W.4, W.10

- SL.1, L.4, L.6

In this unit, students will...

- Understand and appreciate short story elements: plot, setting, characters, theme

- Recognize cause and effect to help understand foreshadowing

- Build background information on Joan Aiken, Cornwall, England, and British English

- Build understanding of mood

- Develop understanding of dialect (British English)

- Increase vocabulary

- Make personal connections to text to increase comprehension

- Creatively write in response to the text

”Lob’s Girl” Unit Highlights:

- Pre-Reading Writing Prompt

- Reading Toolkit Graphic Organizers for Ongoing Comprehension Development

- Small Group Discussion Activity

- Making Predictions Graphic Organizer

- Foreshadowing Discussion Starters

- Hands-On Mood Analysis Lesson

- Small Group Vocabulary Sort

- Creative Writing Activity

Included in Student “Lob’s Girl” Packets:

- Pre-Write

- Building Background Information

- Vocabulary

- Connect to the Reading

- Dialect Graphic Organizer

- Plot Log

- Setting Chart

- Character Log

- Predictions Graphic Organizer and Writing

- Group Discussion Questions and Record Sheet

- Mood Analysis and Web

- Literary Analysis - Foreshadowing

- Theme Analysis

- Creative Writing Prompt and Pre-Write

Teacher and Instructional Resources for “Lob’s Girl” Unit:

- Vocabulary Sort Activity

- Mood Analysis Activity

- Unit Overview

- Detailed Lesson Plans (8)

- Final Assessment (Multiple choice, matching, and short answer test)

- ALL Instructional and Assessment Keys


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FYI - Due to copyright regulations, the text for “Lob’s Girl” is not included in this unit. However, you can easily get a copy of the story by searching for a pdf of “Lob’s Girl” on the internet.

Total Pages
65 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.


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