If you’re looking for engaging and educational activities that will help your students deepen their understanding of the novel, My Brother Sam is Dead
, then you’re in luck! This lesson and activity packet is filled with chapter-by-chapter plans and worksheets that will help your students connect to, analyze, predict, investigate, synthesize, evaluate and comprehend the novel.
The chapter-by-chapter activities tap into different learning styles and require students to become actively involved with their reading. Whether students are participating in small group discussions, creating character silhouettes, performing scenes from the novel, or writing poems, they’ll be having fun! Many of the activities result in work that can be displayed and showcased in your classroom.
Each activity is easily adaptable to an in-class activity, homework assignment, or authentic assessment.
Pre-Read – Pre-Write Activity
Chapter 1 – Opinion Statements and Justification Activity
Chapter 2 – Character Analysis and Silhouette
Chapter 3 – Admiration Connection and Display
Chapter 4 – Small Group Discussions
Chapter 5 – Draw to Show Understanding
Chapter 6 – Perform a Chapter
Chapter 7 – War’s Impact Analysis
Chapter 8 – Compare and Contrast Characters Activity
Chapter 9 – Evidence-Based Predictions
Chapter 10 – Connection Chain
Chapter 11 – Historical Poem
Chapter 12 – Visual Theme
Chapter 13 – Character Transformation Analysis
End – Theme Representation and Discussion
These activities connect directly to Common Core Learning Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2 , CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6
- Check out this Expository Writing Unit
. It's a perfect companion to the novel. In it, students learn about expository writing and then write their own news story about an event during the Revolutionary War. Check it out HERE.
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