The Dark is Rising is an exceptional contemporary fantasy on the Common Core Standards Grades 6-8 Exemplars List. This 400 page unit is fully aligned to the Common Core Standards. The unit is divided into thirteen lessons. Each lesson is based on one of the thirteen chapters of The Dark of Rising. Each skill lesson follows this routine:
• Essential Question
• Literature or Language Standards (Based on the Common Core Standards)
• Lesson Vocabulary
• Interactive Graphic Organizer (The organizer introduces the vocabulary, definitions, and/or rules needed to complete the lesson.)
• A Series of Hands-on Activities building on the steps of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy
You may read a full description of each lesson on the pages in which they are individually sold:
Part One Skill Lessons – Comprehending Literature
o Sequence Techniques
o Inference/ Drawing Conclusions/ Predictions
o Figurative Language
Part Two Skill Lessons – Vocabulary Basics
o Connotation and Denotation
o Multiple Meaning Words
Part Three Skill Lessons – Story Elements
o Point of View
o Story Map
Following each skill lesson two words are introduced for the upcoming chapter. A printable practice sheet is available to help introduce and practice the words.
For each chapter a multiple choice test aligned to Common Core with higher level questions such as cause/effect, sequencing, context clues, main idea, plot development, summary, drawing conclusions, inference, predicting, theme, understanding vocabulary, interpreting literary devices, etc. is included. Each comprehension quiz also contains three constructive
response questions. These questions have graphic organizers to help students plan a response. These questions also require students to verify answers with the text.
Unit vocabulary and skill tests are provided.
An answer key for each practice page is included.
Additional FREE resources for this unit may be found at my website.
You will receive a username and password to a website which contains these quizzes in an interactive format. The password protected site will also contain display materials to aid in teaching this unit.
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