My Thirteenth Winter: NOVEL STUDY

My Thirteenth Winter: NOVEL STUDY
My Thirteenth Winter: NOVEL STUDY
My Thirteenth Winter: NOVEL STUDY
My Thirteenth Winter: NOVEL STUDY
My Thirteenth Winter: NOVEL STUDY
My Thirteenth Winter: NOVEL STUDY
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My Thirteenth Winter is a memoir written by Samantha Abeel, who struggled through school and life with a math learning disability, dycalculia. It is a great read for any classroom, and allows students to be inspired by a struggle many children and adults can relate to! I used this with my 5th grade classroom, but can easily be delved into "deeper" with 6th or 7th grade.

This resource contains a Literature Circle Packet with activities that practice 4 reading strategies:
1. Noting important events and/or questions
2. Creating group discussion questions
3. Noting important or difficult language and vocabulary
4. Making connections with the text (self, text, and world)

Comprehension Questions for (about) every 2 chapters. Students read through the list of questions and choose ONE question that they will thoughtfully answer with evidence from the text.

Background information on the history of civil rights for exceptional children and a "Pros & Cons" activity to challenge the idea of labeling people "exceptional".

An activity to compare the main character of the novel with Trisha, from Thank You, Mr. Falker.

There are lots of resources here to help build a good foundation and understanding of exceptional students while learning about Samantha's personal struggle.

*In my classroom, students read the night before. We would meet to discuss a significant part of the reading or a do a whole class activity with one of the resources included in this resource. Afterwards, students would meet in their Literature Circles and then answer a comprehension question independently.

Please message me with any questions about this novel study. Thank you!

Teacher Julia


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24 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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