This is a comprehensive literature unit for My Father's Dragon, a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar for Grades 2 and 3. It's also my all-time favorite book for third grade, and I've aligned it to the CCSS for that grade. It can also be used appropriately with children in second and fourth grades.
This is a very comprehensive literature unit, offering the following:
Section 1: Comprehension
•Comprehension questions for each chapter which can be used in many ways--as discussion questions for group work, worksheets for independent or partner work, or as chapter quizzes. Download the preview for a sample of the comprehension questions for one chapter.
•Three graphic organizers for use throughout the novel. (You can see one of these in the thumbnail images with this listing.)
★ (If you're interested in only these comprehension resources, they are available separately here)
Section 2: Fluency
•A passage from each chapter of My Father's Dragon which has been scripted for Readers Theatre (permissible because the novel is in the public domain). Readers Theatre is a powerful way to improve fluency by providing a structure and purpose for rereading. And, it's fun! (Download the preview for a sample script.
★ If you're interested only in the Readers' Theater scripts, they are available separately here)
Section 3: Vocabulary
•Word and picture cards for each chapter's vocabulary
•Graphic organizers and vocabulary development activities.
I selected four words for each chapter, focusing on Tier 2 words which will be encountered frequently in a variety of texts, and which lend themselves to helping students speak and write with precision. (There is a sample of the vocabulary pictures in the thumbnail images with this listing.)
Section 4: Writing
•Multiple opportunities for writing summaries and responses to text-dependent questions are provided by the comprehension questions.
•An extended writing project, Response to Literature: Personal Opinion. Students will state their opinion of My Father's Dragon, and give reasons for their opinion which are supported with evidence from the text. Materials include graphic organizers for students to use for brainstorming ideas and planning their draft, and a self-reflection rubric to guide revision.
Section 5: Extension Activities
This section offers a menu of fun and purposeful extension activities: •Character Trading Cards
•Post Card Home
•Readers Theatre Revisited. A
•The Grand Finale: An exciting whole class game modeled on a famous "question and answer" TV show! (You can see a sample of the question cards for this activity in the thumbnails with this listing.)
Thank you for your interest in my unit for My Father's Dragon!
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