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Riding Freedom (Muñoz Ryan) Discussion Cards

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4th - 7th, Homeschool
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  1. I created this novel study to help my students engage with the wonderful novel, Riding Freedom, by Pam Muñoz Ryan. This packet can be used for independent work and/or small group work and includes character study, vocabulary, conflict analysis, figurative language, theme, and more. The study is alig
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This set of cards is included in this novel study: Riding Freedom (Pam Muñoz Ryan) A Complete Novel Study

I created these Common Core (CCSS) aligned discussion and constructed response questions for the wonderful novel, "Riding Freedom". If you and your students love "Esperanza Rising", I highly recommend "Riding Freedom". Although the book is a work of fiction, it is based on the true story of Charlotte (Charley) Darkey Parkhurst - a woman who posed as a man and was able to vote before women were granted the right to vote!

I decided to make cards for a couple of reasons:

1. I made them to save paper. Once you print and laminate these, you can use them for many years in either a literacy center or in small group instruction.

2. I wanted to make them aesthetically more appealing and colorful.

The set contains 34 discussion questions in both black and white and full color. I have also included a R.A.C.E.S. chart to remind students to use R.A.C.E.S. when answering discussion questions.

Although I am and have been a fifth grade teacher for many years, I think these questions could work well with 4th, 6th, and possibly 7th graders.

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41 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Year
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Review the key ideas expressed and draw conclusions in light of information and knowledge gained from the discussions.
Pose and respond to specific questions by making comments that contribute to the discussion and elaborate on the remarks of others.
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.
Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.


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