Punished Student Literature Packet and Teacher Guide - CCSS Aligned!

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This packet is everything you need for a novel study on Punished by David Lubar. This could be used for literature circles, guided reading, and more. Punished is a wonderful opportunity to explore figurative language including idioms, similes, oxymorons, and more. It's at a 4th grade reading level (Guided Reading Level Q).

This guide has three parts: a student response packet, teacher’s guide, and literary devices vocabulary posters. Chapters are grouped together so that each reading assignment is roughly 15 pages. For the reading assignments that contain less pages, students have more questions to respond to.

There are two versions of the Student Response Packet. Both versions have identical questions.The first version (longer one) is separated so that each reading assignment is on it’s own page.This may be useful if you don't want to give students the entire packet at once.The length of this version is 12 pages. The second version (shorter one) is formatted so that there are no unnecessary page breaks (the pages are completely filled). The length of this version is 9 pages.

This literature packet does not focus on within text comprehension questions (i.e. listing the names of the characters, setting, etc.). Rather, it focuses on skills that require the students to go beyond the text and use evidence from the text to support their inferences. Often times there is more than one correct response. Some of the skills that are focused on are
•Making and checking predictions
•Identifying character traits and supporting these traits with examples from the text
•Analyzing the author’s use of figurative language
•Determining the theme and supporting it with evidence
•Forming opinions about the text/characters and supporting opinions with examples

The teacher’s guide contains several features:
•Possible answer choices or examples from the book that students may use to support their response to each question
•Summaries of each chapter that highlight the main events •Discussion ideas about different literary devices
•4th Grade Common Core State Standards (CCSS) correlations for each question (other grade levels are applicable as well, however, since Punished! is primarily at this level, these were the standards that were focused on)

The literary device posters include all of the key ideas used (and discussed) in the text.These posters can be used to reinforce the ideas as you discuss them and be included on a word wall. Each poster includes a definition, example, and picture. There are two sizes of posters for each word - 8 1/2 x 11” (full page) and 5 x 7” (half page). The words included are
• Anagram
• Idiom
• Onomatopoeia
• Oxymoron
• Palindrome
• Personification
• Pun
• Simile

The Common Core Standards addressed are
•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).

•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.6 Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.

•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.9a Apply grade 4 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text [e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions].”).

•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 4 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.4c Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.

•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5.a Explain the meaning of simple similes and metaphors (e.g., as pretty as a picture) in context.

•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5b Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.

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Punished Student Literature Packet and Teacher Guide - CCS
Punished Student Literature Packet and Teacher Guide - CCS
Punished Student Literature Packet and Teacher Guide - CCS
Punished Student Literature Packet and Teacher Guide - CCS