Looking for Alaska by John Green
New ➡ Added two comparative short stories⚡
Looking for Alaska
, John Green's first novel, is a riveting and provocative rite-of-passage novel perfect for high school students! This comprehensive unit bundle includes 131 pages and 4-6 weeks of scaffolded and student-tested activities and materials.
Each bundle component now has a Common Core guide.
UNIT BUNDLE COMPONENTS
✅ NEW Comprehensive Instructional Guide
The instructional guide provides essential questions, overarching skills, overarching themes, and assured experiences along with a possible lesson sequence that includes timing and implementation tips.
✔ Analytical Notes Strategy
Analytical Notes can help your students take better notes by providing a simple system for recording notes. Additionally, they help students “think” about what they have read.
✔ Annotation Organizer: Active Reading Strategy
The Annotation Organizer: Active Reading Strategy supports close and active reading. Students use questions to guide the annotation process.
✔Body Biography: Creative Summative Assessment
The Body Biography for Looking for Alaska
is powerful project that guides students through creating a visual and written portrait illustrating several aspects of a character's life within a literary work.
✔ Character Analysis Organizer
The Character Analysis Organizer is a specialized graphic organizer that guides students to identify direct evidence from the text related to characterization, symbolism, and conflict for each main character.
✔ Famous Last Words: Allusions, References, and Non-Fiction Connections
This "Famous Last Words" packet provides a detailed description of 22 non-fiction references found in Looking for Alaska. Each "famous last words" reference offers context and depth to the text and cultivates connections between the characters and historical figures.
✔ Journey through the Labyrinth-Prezi
Link to a Prezi presentation that takes students on a visual trip through the "labyrinth."
✔ Quick Picture Strategy for Poetry
The bundle includes following three poems referenced in the novel.
• "As I Walked Out One Evening" by W. H. Auden
• "Not So Far as the Forest" by Edna St. Vincent Millay
• "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost
The Quick Picture Strategy is a powerful method for stimulating recall and promoting critical thinking. After reading and annotating a poem, students generate quick images of ideas supporting a teacher-generated “area of focus.” The images the students produce help them make and reinforce connections with the text.
✔ Short Essay Test Response Strategy Using Analytical Notes
This is a four-step method, with a detailed instructional guide, for writing short answer responses to test questions.
✔ Comprehensive Vocabulary Guide
This is a student worksheet containing thirty-five vocabulary words from the novel. Information on each word includes a direct quote from the novel with citation. Students use context to determine word meaning and generate their own illustrative sentences using the vocabulary words. (Good practice for the New SAT.)
✔ BONUS Comparative Short Stories
short stories from our Short Story Collection to use for comparative analysis.
“A & P” by John Updike - depicts brewing conflict between youth and adult culture.
“The Revolt of Mother" by Mary E. Wilkins - challenges the traditional role of women in
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Looking for Alaska
materials are Common Core aligned.