This unit plan includes three lessons on covering the literary theme of classics in your classroom. You can choose to do just one of the lessons with your class, or all three as a unit plan. The lessons are all detailed enough where students would gain a deep understanding of what a classic is.
Lesson One will guide students in understanding what makes a piece of literature a classic, and what various components a book needs to have to be a classic piece.
Lesson Two: In lesson two, you will cover the novel, Hatchet by Gary Paulsen in depth. Included in the lesson plan is a book guide that provides before reading activities, during reading chapter comprehension questions, vocabulary focus activities, group discussion focus questions, journal writing exercises that go along with the book and allow students to connect with the main character and theme, and after reading reflection focus questions. The book activities have everything you need and more to cover this book in your classroom, and allow students to understand why it is a classic. An answer key is also provided to make it easier for you.
Lesson Three: In this lesson students will each choose their own classic novel to study. They will create a book review on the title including a description of why this novel is a classic, and create a poster, which will serve as an “advertisement” for this novel. Using the student’s posters, you will create a “Classics Wall of Fame” in the classroom to display students work. You can do this as a bulletin board or wherever you would like in your classroom. There is a detailed rubric for their posters and book review included so they know exactly what to do.