Peppermints in the Parlor Literature Circle Novel Unit Activity. This is a 12 page packet for the novel Peppermints in the Parlor by Barbara Brooks Wallace. Peppermints in the Parlor is a mystery type story in which orphaned Emily comes to live with her Aunt and Uncle Twice in their white-pillared mansion called Sugar Hill Hall. Little did Emily know that she would be greeted with horrors that she could never have imagined even in her worst nightmare...
Included in this document is 4-page literature circle packet includes everything you need to conduct literature circles for Peppermints in the Parlor. Included in the literature circle packet are the chapters the students will read for 12 days, their daily requirements, a detailed description of each job in literature circles, and an easy to use template to assign students daily jobs. Your students will love the book and the literature circles!
This document also includes a 4-page reading text messaging activity that will have your students send "text" messages to the author, a character in the story, a friend about a favorite part, and a teacher about what he/she liked about the story. I have found this to be a very enjoyable activity that encourages comprehension of the story. Each of the 7 text activities includes a detailed description of what is expected. An example activity is when students are asked to text a character. The directions state: "You will send a short "text" message to one of the characters in the story that you are reading (or have read). You can use some of the text abbreviations from the front page or you can create your own. Your message should contain at least one detail/fact/event from the story that would relate to that specific character. When you are done, you will need to explain your text message. If you think you need more space, then write the message on an index card and then staple it to this page. Be sure in your explanation to include what any abbreviations stand for. Your explanation should be at least three sentences in length." Included in the packet is a template cell phone for each activity, along with over 30 text abbreviations for the students to use.
In addition to the above, this document also includes a 4-page Facebook comprehension activity which contains a blank "Facebook" template page, a template page with directions, a step-by-step instructional page, and a grading rubric. For the activity, students are asked to complete several tasks. First, students are asked to write the name of the book at the top of the Facebook page. After that, they are asked to draw a colorful picture about a favorite character from the story. Then, students are asked to think of at least six "friends" that their character would like to "invite" on his/her Facebook page (two character friends from the story that they read, two story friends from another book, one famous friend such as an athlete, actor/actress, singer, and one of their own friends). After that, students need to think of five events that their character would want to share with his/her six "friends". Students will need to write the event name in the Facebook page and include at least 1 complete sentence about the event. For example, "Heading to the lake... I am going fishing today with grandpa on Upper Long Lake. I'll let you know how I did later."
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