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The nonfiction close readings will expand your students’ perspective about animals. The articles examine a range of topics that will build their background knowledge about the animals and issues present in the novel The One and Only Ivan. Students will learn about specific animals in the novel, the scientific study of animals, the use of animals for entertainment, and how views about animal rights have changed over time, among other topics. The activities and project will engage students and move them to think critically about issues connected to interactions between humans and animals. Through inquiry, investigation, observations, and presentations, students will consider the complexities of animals, animal rights, and using animals for entertainment. All readings and activities will see students through an experience that has them develop skills aligned to Common Core State Standards, such as close reading, critical thinking, examining perspectives, and conducting and presenting research, among others. In the end students will not only have enhanced their ability to think critically, conduct research, and synthesize information, but also they will have broadened their understanding of the impact humans can have on the environment.
Nonfiction Readings: The 13 close reading lessons develop students’ knowledge about about specific animals in the novel, the scientific study of animals, the use of animals for entertainment, and how views about animal rights have changed over time, among other topics. (Please see table of contents for full list of topics!) Each informational text includes two sets of questions – one comprehension set and one analysis set – that will develop essential skills aligned to the reading of informational texts under the Common Core State Standards. The resource also allows for differentiation and flexible implementation. After practicing these skills over the course of the unit, you can be confident your students will have mastered numerous skills, such as:
Extension Activities: The 6 extension activities take your students deeper. You know your students best. Based on their interests, the extension activities provide an avenue for your students to study animals, conservation efforts, zoos, and more. They will learn about these topics to not only better understand them but also better understand the thematic elements of The One and Only Ivan.
Novel Project – Safari Stroll: Through this project, students will transform the classroom into a dynamic habitat for learning. They will engage in research about an animal of their choice and prepare a presentation about their findings. Their visual displays can then be used for interactive peer learning. Meanwhile, all the work sees students synthesize the knowledge they have built across their readings, projects, and the novel The One and Only Ivan. *Requires Internet access and additional materials not provided.*
Digital Links: This resource is also technology friendly! It can be utilized in classrooms where computers or tablets are central to instruction because the resource has been adapted for digital completion. The resource includes links for students to complete the student pages in Google Slides™. For instance, students can work with the documents in Google Drive™ or via Google Classroom. With these links, you can have students complete their work online. (.) All they will have to do is create a text box! There are links for every student work page, making the format friendly not only for technology but also trees.
The entire resource and its inclusive set of questions allow for multiple potential uses based on your determination about when and where it would be most helpful. All aspects of the assignments, though, are aligned to the Common Core State Standards in order for students to have ample opportunities to practice and demonstrate their knowledge across numerous, essential literary skills.
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