This 70 page guided reading plan for the novel "City of Ember" by Jeanne DuPrau has been completely revamped. Take your students to higher levels of comprehension with this fast paced science fiction adventure story. The unit focuses on helping your students notice their ideas and then guides them in building bigger ideas by using specific strategies that you model and practice. It includes everything you need to begin. You'll find precise teaching directions, examples, handouts, small teaching posters, answer keys and chapter summaries. This is a versatile product and although intended to be used as a novel study with the whole class, it could be easily modified for a smaller reading group. Each lesson is organized around the readers' workshop format: introduction/connection, clear teaching point, modeled use of strategy, guided and independent practice of strategy by your students. Each lesson builds on the skills of the previous lesson. Common Core literature standards are targeted throughout.
The importance of generating ideas
Generating bigger ideas
Ideas about the author’s writing
Exploring ideas on how the author develops the story
Objects can represent big ideas
Clarifying ideas about the plot
Developing ideas about author’s craft
Looking at how ideas evolve
Bigger issues to grow ideas about (2 lessons combined)
Writing about other ideas
This product was written for the busy teacher with a heterogeneous class of students and a limited budget. Enjoy!