Use these resources to teach the play "Sorry, Wrong Number" by Lucille Fletcher. This file contains a PowerPoint presentation on the history of the telephone. Before reading the play, "Sorry Wrong Number", students need to have some background information about mid-twentieth century communication. This PowerPoint will help you explain important aspects of the story, like operators, busy signals, and crossed wires. We also include lesson plans and Common Core based activities and handouts to accompany the story. We ordered the movie based on the play from Amazon and showed it to our classes. This teaching unit also includes a movie watching guide and multiple choice questions that you can use to help students compare and contrast the play to the movie.
The following activities are included in this teaching unit:
1. A PowerPoint on the history of the telephone and operators
2. Elements and Structure of Drama – Interactive activities are included to help you teach the elements and structure of drama.
3. A chart for the cast to help you keep up with which student will read which part
4. Links to the script online and a link to the radio drama version
5. Vocabulary – three words on the list will be looked up in a dictionary, and the remaining words can be figured out using context clues while reading
6. Vocabulary quiz
7. Main Suspect Conclusions – Students will look for a motive and find text to support their answers. A sample is included.
8. How to Successfully Answer Text Dependent Extended Response Questions – Several activities and handouts are included for this. There is the R.A.C.E. acronym which students can use all year each time they have to answer an extended response text dependent question. There are handouts that students can keep to refer to all year when using this acronym. There is even a sample text dependent analysis question for “Sorry, Wrong Number” with examples of poor answers and an example of a good answer.
6. Things to Remember About Theme- This handout is provided in three formats, one with the complete notes, one where students can fill in the blanks as you go over the important things to remember about theme, and the last is an interactive activity that can be used to teach theme.
7. Objective Summary –There is a PowerPoint to teach how to write an objective summary for a story. A handout on how to write an objective summary along with a sample are also included.
8. Carousel Learning Activity Instructions and Management – There are several activities for students to complete after reading the play. We have found that completing these activities “carousel” style and with a partner or in groups works wonderful! Students are engaged, helping one another, and actively working on Common Core based, meaningful activities. Complete instructions with pictures are included.
The carousel activities include the following:
• Text Dependent Analysis Questions – There are four questions included and a chart that requires students to use the RACE acronym to restate the question, answer it, cite evidence from the text, and explain. Sample answers are provided.
• Parts of Plot – With this activity, students will figure out the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution of the plot. An answer key is provided.
• Determining the Theme – This activity will guide the groups in developing a theme statement for the story. A sample theme is provided.
• Cinquain – This activity is fun for students. The group will work together and use the cinquain format to create a poem based on the story. A sample is provided.
• I Am Poem – This activity is fun for the groups. They follow the pattern to write an I Am poem based on a character, theme, or object from the story.
• Objective Summary – With this activity, students will write an objective summary of the story. A sample objective summary of “Sorry, Wrong Number” is provided.
• How does setting affect the characters? Sample answers are provided.
• Interview With Duffy Activity
• Informational article about operators with activity
• Script Rewrite Activity
9. Movie Watching guide
10. Test comparing the written drama to the movie
11. Reading Signposts in “Sorry, Wrong Number”
**New*** We just recently added reading signposts handouts to accompany this story. Based on the book Notice and Note by Kylene Beers and Robert Probst, these handouts and charts will help your students become better readers! You can use these handouts with this story and with every novel and story you teach!
This is a game changer for the way you teach close reading. Included is a teacher packet and a student packet with handouts that explain the six "signposts" of reading. Handouts are also included for you to find the signposts in "Sorry, Wrong Number". Answer keys are included in the teacher packet. We guarantee you're going to LOVE this, and you will be able to use these handouts with every other story and novel you read all year!
This teaching unit is JAM-PACKED with strategies, activities, and Common-Core based materials. This is not a generic worksheet kind of packet. You will LOVE these activities, and you will be able to use a lot of what is included with other stories that you teach as well!
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