This anticipation guide (part of my Shades of Gray novel unit
) is a great way to preview Carolyn Reeder's historical fiction novel Shades of Gray. It will help students use prior knowledge and US history facts to make predictions before they begin reading, which will create interest and aid comprehension. The file also includes two pages of Reconstruction preview activities to help students better understand the historical setting!
The anticipation guide page contains ten statements with which students may agree or disagree, and I highly recommend letting students share and defend their answers, even before reading! This way they are more invested in their answers and will read carefully to look for confirmation. There are columns for before-reading predictions and after-reading checks, as well as a space for students' own creative predictions.
The second page is a Reconstruction graphic organizer for brainstorming, containing a breakdown of the root words re-, -con-, -struct-, and -ion. Knowing what this word means is key to both comprehending the novel and understanding the challenges of the Reconstruction time period.
The last page is a word scramble of important places during the Civil War.
The setting and themes are incredibly important to Shades of Gray's power as a novel; don't miss the chance to preview these vital concepts before beginning your novel study!
*Teaching Shades of Gray? This resource is part of my Shades of Gray Novel Unit!
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