The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies is such a juicy text! I use this text in my classroom for my end-of-the-year novel study. Students closely study theme, point of view, response writing, vocabulary, and recounting throughout this unit. This is an excellent text to engage in rich discussion about how there are truly two sides to every story.
Please know this unit has a HEAVY emphasis on writing. I have but a very.very.very small block for writing. With that said, my team does the best we can to implement response writing in our reading block as well. However, to be very honest there are some days we spend the majority of the time simply talking about the text. After all, a novel study wouldn't be a novel study without meaningful discussions! Don't be fooled by the 3 questions per chapters layout... this text has A LOT to unpack!
This unit covers the following skills:
- Character analysis/traits
- Using evidence from the text to support an answer (RACE)
- Recounting key details
- Theme (topic + what the author is trying to tell me about the topic/lesson learned)
- Point of view (1st, 3rd, 3rd Omniscient, 3rd Limited)
- Vocabulary/Context Clues
- QAR question-answer-relationship
Lemonade War Unit Includes:
- Lemonade War Book Contract/Parent Letter
- Lemonade War Test with rubric
- Lemonade War Test Teacher Copy which identifies each question according to Bloom's Taxonomy
- Novel study packet 23 pages:
- 2-3 multiple choice reading comprehension questions per chapter
- 1-2 short answer questions per chapter that require part of or all RACE writing
- Vocabulary page every 1-3 chapters focusing on using context clues to determine the meaning AND using the dictionary to look up the actual meaning
- Vocabulary pages that allow students to IDENTIFY one unfamiliar word every few chapters
>>>OH, AND THIS UNIT ALSO INCLUDES....<<<
Center/Early Finishers/Must Dos/May Dos Opportunities:
- QR Fiction Codes: These QR codes are throughout the packet for early finishers or enrichment opportunities. A journal cut out insert is included in the pack. Simply copy & cut for your little readers to glue & write in their journals. This is great for independent reading centers -OR- early finishers.
- Two Picture Book Trackers: I use these trackers for center days or days I follow the executive function classroom layout. These trackers are usually a MUST DO with a reading buddy. Students simply select a mentor text from my picture book collection. Students buddy read to identify the POV and THEME. This provides students who read on various reading levels the opportunity to a) Read independently/with a buddy and b) Be exposed to a variety of themes or POV that the Lemonade War may not include. It's also a great chance for students to e.n.j.o.y picture books! *1 is labeled "E" for "extension/enrichment" for students to provide further evidence.
- Four Square Activity: This is a quick comprehension check I often use as an activating strategy or exit slip. The squares consist of main character names and skills focused in the unit.
-Fiction Novel Study Tracker: This brief novel study tracker really comes in handy days you are not following a clean cut center format. I often use this tracker for a more "executive function" classroom style. If I want to be a guide on the side or a coach for small groups throughout the class time, I provide students with this tracker. Simply provide them must and may do activities focused on the LW.
- Mini Point Of View Pack: Selected from my POV pack are point of view student checklists & journal inserts. These are great tools to have for centers!
- Mini RACE pack: Selected from my RACE pack are RACE decor signs, checklists, and book marks. Due to the fact this unit focuses heavily on response writing, using this writing strategy can be a useful tool throughout the learning process.
- Book Buddy Reading Log: This is a FREE item from my store I included in the pack solely for your benefit. This has been a life saver as a "May Do" activity to hold students accountable during reading time.
>>>>PSSSTTT...Consider downloading these FREE items to align with this unit!<<<<
- QAR Guide
- Thick & Thin Journal Inserts
- Explaining Character Traits GO