Looking for an easy, no-prep Summer Reading and Writing Unit for your middle school students? This is it! Instead of assigning a complete novel to read over the summer, use this short story, "Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros" to teach and review many of those important skills we don't want our students to lose over the summer!
Using the short story, "Eleven," students will search for evidence and create justification to support claims, thoughtfully analyze the relationships among characters, answer critical thinking questions, and reflect on the deeper meaning of the text through a written reflection. Additionally, students will also complete a multi-premise paragraph that can be brought into those first few days / weeks of school where you have students expand that paragraph into a multi-paragraph essay!
INCLUDED IN THIS UNIT:
- Instructions for Use:
We include step-by-step instructions for how to make the most of this no-prep resource.
- Vocabulary Graphic Organizer:
Includes 11 words from the text that students might struggle with. They find synonyms and antonyms and create a picture / symbol to help understand and familiarize themselves with the new terms.
- Character Connections Activity:
This is the same Character Connections Activity
we sell in our store, but adjusted to specifically work with this unit.
- Cupcakes and Evidence Activity:
Students identify the various ways Rachel acts the multiple "years" of her life. They find evidence from the text as well as provide justification. Answer key included.
- Critical Thinking Questions:
Five, in-depth critical thinking questions that you can have students complete on their own over the summer, or even use these as a great way to kick off a Socratic Seminar discussion of the short story when you return to school!
- Timeless Text Activity:
This is also the same Reading Reflection Activity
we sell in our store as well, but it has been adjusted to specifically fit his unit.
- 2-Premise Paragraph Outline:
Students are provided with a graphic organizer / outline to help them organize their thoughts in response to a prompt about the text. The 2-premise paragraph includes the following: a claim, 2 premises, evidence and justification for both premises, as well as a concluding sentence. Essentially, this is a condensed version of a multi-paragraph essay.
- EDITABLE Rubrics:
Rubrics included for Character Connections Activity, Timeless Text Activity, and 2-Premise Paragraph Response. These are fully editable using PowerPoint. You must have PowerPoint in order to edit!
We sincerely hope you and your students enjoy this resource and find the great benefits it will add to your summer reading program!
OTHER END OF YEAR / SUMMER RESOURCES YOU WILL LIKE:
- SUMMER READING ACTIVITIES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
- END OF YEAR ACTIVITIES & UNIT FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
- MOTHER'S DAY AND FATHER'S DAY PRESENT BUNDLE
- FREE END OF YEAR GIFT TAGS