Gregory Maguire did a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's Classic The Little Match Girl. Traditionally we've taught A Christmas Carol in 7th grade and are "moving" it to an 8th grade book. I developed this lesson to take about 10 days and fill the void in the 7th grade curriculum.
The journal uses a lot of text based questions. The students are requested to underline or circle parts of the text that lead to mood or character development.
In order to print the journal as a journal, click print as a booklet.
The end project is a booklet made from index cards. To assemble it, simply give the students 6 index cards and staple twice in the middle. It creates a "mini book". The students think they are fun to make.
Lesson Plan for Matchless
Day 1 - Anticipatory Reading Guide–Hunger Articles. Pre-Reading Activity using text coding on “Note on Matchless” page 3 of the journal.
Day 2 - Read Matchless Part 1 - Discuss the illustrations in the book. Complete close reading activities in Matchless Journal for Part 1.
Day 3 - Read page 27 of the Matchless Journal. Use text coding for the Hans Christian Andersen text. Cold read of the Little Match Girl.
Day 4 - Close read The Little Match Girl in the journal and answer the questions on pages 7-12.
Day 5 - Read Matchless Part 2 and discuss the illustrations. Begin the close reading of Matchless Part 2 on journal pages 12 -15.
Day 6 - Read Matchless Part 3 and discuss the illustrations. Begin the close reading section of journal on page 16 - 17 over Part 3.
Day 7 - Read Matchless Part 4 and discuss the illustrations. Begin the close reading section over Part 4 on journal pages 18 -19.
Day 8 - Watch the YouTube Video of The Little Match Girl and fill out pages 20 - 21 of the journal.
Day 9 - Discuss the elements of a fairy tale on page 22 of the journal. Begin working on the “mini book” of The Little Match Girl.
Day 10 - Finish the “mini book” and any other elements left undone in the Journals.
Additional information on Gregory Maguire and Matchless.
Little Match Girl Video