The Landry News by Andrew Clements is a fun story about a group of fifth graders who learn about freedom of the press and the balance needed between truth and mercy when they create a classroom newspaper. Their teacher, Mr. Larson, rediscovers his love of teaching through this process.
This 135-page MEGA packet is EVERYTHING YOU NEED to teach The Landry News, whether you're doing it as a whole-class, a small group (i.e. reading groups or literature circles), or as an individual project. It includes activities for before, during, and after reading that serve as comprehension assessment, writing prompts, and valuable practice determining different story elements.
*Discussion - Assess pre-knowledge
*Front Cover Visualization
*K-W-L Chart: Newspapers
*Tracking My Progress – tracking sheet to keep students accountable *for reading and completing the chapter summaries.
*Keeping the Characters Straight – note-taking graphic organizer
*Chapter Summaries – one for each chapter (1-20). Blank template also included.
*Chapter Summaries – Answer Keys
*Vocabulary Word Wall cards – four for each chapter (84 total). Blank templates also included.
*Comprehension Quizzes – one quiz every five chapters (1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20) *Answer Keys provided.
*Cause & Effect graphic organizers – one every five chapters (1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20) *Answer Keys provided.
*Text Connections – graphic organizer
*Figurative Language Hunt – graphic organizer *Suggested Answer Key provided.
*Final Test: 20 short-answer comprehension questions. *Answer key provided.
*Keeping the Characters Straight – matching activity *Answer Key provided.
*Character Studies – graphic organizers for charting the physical and character traits of Cara and Mr. Larson. *Answer keys provided. Blank template also included.
*Character Profiles – note-taking graphic organizers for the two main characters (Cara and Mr. Larson) *Answer keys provided. Blank template also included.
*Character Comparisons Venn Diagrams (4)
*Interactive Notebook Foldables – Story Elements, Important Characters, Comparing Characters, Setting, Protagonist/Antagonist, Plot Summary, and Theme. *Answer Keys provided.
*My Favorite Scene – activity template
*Let’s Write! Journal Entries – three journal prompts, asking students to write from the perspective of both Cara and Mr. Larson.
OPTIONAL EXTENSION ACTIVITIES:
*Blank Newspaper Template – Have each student create their own newspaper using the blank template
*Editorial Hunt– have your students look in-depth at a published editorial
*Teacher of the Year– the students write a letter to a teacher who’s had an impact on their life.
*The Bill of Rights– the students do some research on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights
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The activities in this packet are aligned to the Common Core state standards for Reading and the ELAR TEKS (Texas) for 3rd-5th grade. Download the preview for a complete list of the standards met.
Resource created by: Jessica Lawler
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