This product contains materials for a pair of texts, the poem "Television" by Roald Dahl and the song "Cookie Jar" by Jack Johnson, that focus on the subject of television.
Students begin by filling out a survey about their television viewing habits and opinions. This serves as an anticipatory set that can lead into an engaging classroom discussion.
Then students should read "Television" by Dahl. (NOTE: the texts are not included in this product due to copyright reasons, but they can be accessed through a simple internet search, and then copied and pasted in a Word document.) After that, they can answer the comprehension and critical thinking questions. There is also an optional reading assessment for each text with a combination of multiple choice and short response questions. This can be used right after reading or after discussing and studying each poem.
After working with "Television," we move on to "Cookie Jar." I always read the poem with the students before playing the song for them. They then answer the comprehension and critical thinking questions.
Finally, there is an essay assignment that requires students to come up with a central idea about television shared by both poems. The assignment comes with directions for students, explaining what students should do in each paragraph.
The materials come in WORD and PDF format, so you can edit or print as-is.