Critical Reading is the ultimate goal of a reader. As teachers, we strive to guide our students to both enjoy reading and to read in order to grow as a person. Independent & Critical THINKING is a key ingredient in that growth and one that can be difficult to develop. This workbook guides the reader to think more deeply, to explore more instructively and to satisfy curiosity as the story progresses.
The student workbook is created to accompany the reading of Neal Shusterman's new novel, Scythe.
The workbook has 18 pages of PRE-READING activities for the reader to pursue. Learning about the people behind this book is both rewarding and interesting. Meet the illustrator, the author and the publisher! Try to unlock the artist elements behind the book cover design and how they can set the stage of the story even before a reader turns a page! Reading a nonfiction component about the historical reference of a scythe is fascinating and a great way to help the reader understand the difference between connotation and denotation of the world and the representation the symbol has become.
Activities from the 50 pages of this workbook are designed and planned to help guide the reader through the literacy process by organizing the novel along the story plot map, exploring the authors vast use of foreshadowing, and how history and research lead to a believable setting. The characters have emotions that may parallel the reader in some cases while exploring some philosophical ideas and dilemmas that a Utopian world may face.
Explicit and Inferred Reading
Point of View
Story Map: Exposition, Rising Action, Inciting Incident, Climax, Falling Action, Final Suspense and Resolution
Tic Tac Toe Activity
Comparison and Contrast
Sketching and illustration of quotes
Another popular book that the author, Neal Shusterman wrote is called Downsiders. It is another cool book with many interesting research work down by this author in his settings! Downsiders, Novel Study Guide
Another book Neal Shusterman wrote, is called Tesla's Attic and he teamed up with Eric Elfman for this one. Here is a great study guide that even touches upon some STEM material with science research into some amazing scientist: Tesla's Attice by Shusterman/Elfman Novel Study Guide, Reading, STEM and Lanuage Arts