This is an extremely thorough, full 2-week unit for the short story "Song of the Trees" by Mildred D. Taylor. These resources are focused around Common Core Standards for Grade 7, but they are absolutely still relevant for all middle grades students who are studying this story or historical fiction in general. Please verify this by taking a look at the preview file.
This is the Short Story of the Month Club, Grade 7: January Selection – Click here to read more about the Short Story of the Month Club!
Historical Fiction Analysis, specifically RL.7.9
Genres of Fiction
Text Evidence (includes PARCC-style text evidence quiz)
Development of Theme Analysis
Poetry Analysis of I, Too, Sing America by Langston Hughes and Caged Bird by Maya Angelou
Nonfiction Skills - analysis of Jim Crow Laws
See the list of activities below for a COMPLETE list of all of the skills covered.
Editable and digital versions included! Scroll to the bottom for details.
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.
It would take me forever to explain to you just how uniquely amazing this resource is, so go ahead and see for yourself. Download and view the unit for another short story, Seventh Grade, for free here.
I've also included complete instructions and standards alignments in the preview file so you can look as closely as you like at this unit before purchase.
Activity 1: Fiction Genres Quick Notes*
Activity 2: Fiction Genres Printables Practice**
Activity 3: Jim Crow Laws Examples**
Activity 4: Jim Crow Laws Analysis***
Activity 5: Imagery Interactive Notebook Activities*
Activity 6: Journal Activity*
Activity 7: Annotation Guide – Imagery**
Activity 8: Plot Diagram Analysis**
Activity 9: Vocabulary Guide Verbs + Personification**
Activity 10: Comprehension Quiz**
Activity 11: ACE Questions for Multiple Text Evidence***
Activity 13: Text Evidence Quiz PARCC Style***
Activity 14: Historical Fiction CCSS Fact Analysis
Activity 15: Comprehension Skills Test**
Activity 16: Poem Analysis: ”I, Too, Sing America”***
Activity 17: Poem Analysis: “Caged Bird” Ext. Met.***
Activity 18: 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 (quizzes 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.
Will this resource work for other grades? Absolutely! Check the preview file for samples. :)