After teaching this unit since 2014, I have created a list of resources I use differently each year. In this unit, I will include a suggested reading grouping, resources, and explanations of those resources. The most valuable, especially if you enjoy discussion, is the document containing discussion questions (and an answer key!). These are thought-provoking and open-ended questions.
The download will be in a zipped folder with PDFs of all documents. Additionally, I have links to a Google doc that will ask you to make a copy of it.
The following is included:
- Discussion Questions by Chapter
- The majority of these are open-ended and higher-level questions. They ask students to make connections between life and racing, character motivations, author’s craft, unreliable narration, limited perspective, etc. They are all compiled on one document so that you can choose to divide your reading sections however you wish.
- There are several ways I do discussion: whole group, small group, individual, conferencing, written, etc. However it is done, I do grade students on their analysis of the text.
- Discussion Questions by Chapter (SUGGESTED ANSWER KEY)
- I’ve written answers students may consider. Many of the answers include direct quotations with page numbers to help guide you. Because of the detail in these, I’ve found I spend less time re-reading parts of the book.
- Final Paper with rubric
- This includes 3 different prompt options, aligned with CCSS. These include analysis and quotation integration. They can also be easily adapted to shorter, in-class writing assessments as well.
- Writing Center Ticket
- If your school has a writing center or if you plan to conference with your students about their writing, this might be a document worth checking out. It just asks kids to think about their writing, what their proud of, and what changes they can make to improve their draft. It makes this a requirement since revising and editing is part of the writing process.
- Character guide, Enzo’s analogies, themes, and symbols
- This document is a great brainstorming tool for the final paper. It can be used in a variety of ways outside of this and also can be adapted for in-class writing assignments.
- Enzo’s Analogy
- This document asks students to find direct quotations about racing and write about how it’s actually a metaphor for life. These are also divided into the reading sections listed above and can be done in two groupings or one.