Do you have middle school students in your classroom that just aren't motivated to read? K.R. Burg's funny, adventurous book will take care of that! This unit, based on the book "Elliot Spence Junior High Spy" focuses on citing evidence, exploring themes, understanding plots/relationships, defining vocabulary, investigating the importance of text passages, and understanding author point of view. This unit is created for 6th grade, but can be adapted to fit your grade level. The unit is made in six sections--pick apart and use what you want!
NOTE: This unit is divided into 6 different sections (approximately 35-40 book reading pages per section). Each section has a summary, discussion questions/highlights, vocabulary/ vocabulary test, and student packet questions. It is recommended to pace the unit at one section per week. However, for higher level classes, two sections would be very doable.
Ways to use this unit:
*small group learning
*whole class unit
*independent challenge for higher level learners
*great motivating unit for BOYS!
*follow up learning for read alouds
CCSS ELA-Literacy-RL6.1: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS ELA-Literacy-RL6.2: Determine a theme or central idea of the text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Progress of Plot/ Relationships
CCSS ELA-Literacy-RL6.3: Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves towards a resolution.
Meanings of words
CCSS ELA-Literacy-RL6.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on mean and tone.
CCSS ELA-Literacy-RL6.5: Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting or plot.
Author’s point of view
CCSS-ELA-Literacy-RL6.6: Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.