This 10-page free excerpt from my 87-page "STARTING THE COLT Curriculum Unit" is based on my novel STARTING THE COLT, is suitable for homeschool or classroom, and includes the following activities for English Language Arts:
Annotated to align with Common Core Standards. The annotations which have been included are correlated specifically to fourth grade Standards, but the questions and activities can easily be used with fourth to ninth grade students and related to the corresponding Standards for those grade levels--older students will be able to work more independently than younger students.
Reading strategies: making connections, questioning, visualizing, inferring, determining importance, synthesizing and summarizing.
Making connections: text to self, text to world.
A mix of selected response and constructed response questions--DOK 2 and 3 as well as recall questions.
Occasional requirement to support answers with specific details and page numbers from the text.
Writing and discussion prompts, connections and journaling prompts.
Writing narratives, opinion pieces and imaginative pieces.
Writing from the point of view of various characters.
Vocabulary activities for each chapter
Tier 2 words and domain-specific Tier 3 words.
Using context clues.
Dictionary/glossary activities (the book contains a glossary: Ranching Terms and Cowboy Slang)
Students are guided to think like an author, examining plot development, character development, and point of view.
Discussion and writing are not just about literature but also universal life issues that are brought up in the text.
A glimpse of Nevada ranching and agriculture.
Since this Curriculum Unit is the product of the novel's author, the teacher and the students benefit by gaining insight into the writer's mind. The elements which the author feels are important about the story and the writing process have been emphasized throughout the unit. The author's classroom experience as a substitute teacher and a literacy paraprofessional provides her with the perspective needed to create a valuable novel study unit.
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Common Core Standards addressed in this Mini-Unit: