Speak Novel Study Unit Plan, Literature Guide

Julie Faulkner
Grade Levels
8th - 11th, Homeschool
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185 pages
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This complete unit plan for Anderson's novel Speak is designed to help you teach this amazing young adult book from beginning to end with challenging, creative, standards-based, and real-world activities. These low-prep activities and lessons were years in development from my direct study of this novel with my students. There is so much variety here. Kids love the real-world song and informational video connections and hands-on review games and activities. You will love the quizzes and worksheets to make sure your students are reading and comprehending. Your admin will love that it’s standards aligned and allows for differentiation throughout.


-Curriculum overview

-Standards Links

-Directions for the teacher with each file

-Day by Day Pacing Guide

-Novel intro PPT and two novel intro activities, editable and ready-made for digital

-Comprehension reading questions with answers, editable and ready-made for digital

-Quizzes with answers, editable

-Three paired lessons with answers, editable

-Three paired video lecture talks with answers, editable

-Writing Prompts for all three modes, editable and ready-made for digital

-Beautiful Bookmarks

-Beautiful Classroom Posters

-Characterization worksheets

-Figurative language worksheets for each marking period

-Summary sketch notes with answers, PDF and ready-made for digital

-Motif tracking sheet with answers for each marking period, editable and ready-made for digital

-Speak game-show review, editable

-Unit Test with answers, editable

-Poetry media project, editable

-Two essays with rubrics, editable

-Character Puppets

-Twidder Summaries

-Interactive Review Game, editable

*The novel does touch on sensitive issues that may include triggers for some students, and material and support for those issues have been included.

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Classroom success stories from other teachers who tried this resource:

♥ “Worth every penny - this will be in my teacher toolbox for many years! Students were engaged and loved the activities!”

♥ “LOVE this unit. I have used almost everything. I have edited some to fit the needs of my students, but this is very helpful and incorporates reading, grammar, and lit. devices.”

♥ “This is incredible! I've taught this novel a few times but this unit is amazing! You've included activities and connections I haven't been able to and I was racking my brain over how to do a research essay with it and here it is! Thank you so much!”

♥ “Very nice unit. I am planning to use almost everything you created. I LOVE that you included a calendar of how you map the activities and the suggested responses are very helpful, too. I am looking forward to checking out your other resources.”

♥ "Julie's resources are always thorough and engaging. I have taught Speak for many years and added this as my unit."

♥ "Wonderful resource! I just finished using it for my freshman reading course. The students loved it!"

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Created by Julie Faulkner, created 2014-updated 2020

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Total Pages
185 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.


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