This is the Short Story of the Month Club, Grade 7: September Selection – Click here to read more about the Short Story of the Month Club!
Four Types of Conflict
Citing Text Evidence
Analyzing Characters’ Motivations and Actions (Explicitly teaches RL.7.6)
Sound Devices and Types of Rhyme in Poetry
Analyzing Animation Techniques (Explicitly teaches RL.7.7)
See the list of activities below for a COMPLETE list of all of the skills covered. The ones above are simply the FOCUS of this unit.
This is a comprehensive, Common Core-Aligned Unit packed with a ton of rigorous resources for teaching with this short story. I’ve also included within the unit instructions for accessing this short story if you don’t have it.
I've also included complete instructions and standards alignments in the preview file for both Common Core and TEKS so you can look as closely as you like at this unit before purchase.
If you'd like to preview the quality and rigor of these units, please download the free short story unit for Seventh Grade by Gary Soto
List of Activities & Standards Difficulty Level: *Easy **Moderate ***Challenge
Activity 1: Four Types of Conflict Lesson**
Activity 2: Four Types of Conflict Practice**
Activity 3: Journal Prompt*
Activity 4: Plot Diagram Analysis**
Activity 5: Comprehension Quiz*
Activity 6: Annotation Guide (Conflict)**
Activity 7: Conflict Analysis*
Activity 8: Analyzing Character Motivation***
Activity 9: Questions for Text Evidence (ACE)**
Activity 10: Text Evidence Quiz, Standardized-Style**
Activity 11: Figurative Language Review Lesson**
Activity 12: Figurative Language Story***
Activity 13: Vocabulary Guide: Figurative Language**
Activity 14: Types of Rhyme Lesson*
Activity 15: Sound Devices Lesson*
Activity 16: Analyzing Poetry Printable Version**
Activity 17: Analyzing Poetry Interactive NB Version**
Activity 18: Comprehension Skills Test**
Activity 19: Animation Technique Analysis w/Movie***
Activity 20: View/Discussion of Bruno Clip***
Activity 21: Essential Question***
**Digital components included!** All student pages are also included in Google Slides version so that students can access them and complete them digitally. Both assessments (quiz and test) are included in self-grading Google Forms versions.
*EDITABLE* I have added my own original files in PowerPoint format for you to edit if you wish for your own classroom use. This only includes story-specific printables and I can't guarantee your ability to edit them based on your computer's settings and your tech knowledge. Bonus activities that have been included here as a courtesy to you (like interactive notebook lessons) will not include the editable versions - those editable versions are only available in the original resources.