This teaching packet contains meaningful activities for the folk tale “The People Could Fly” by Virginia Hamilton. Using the handouts provided, students will analyze the plot, theme, characters, and more.
The lessons included in this packet are Common Core based and meaningful. Both pre-reading and postreading activities are included. Students will defend answers with the text, answer post-reading questions which require them to return to the text, analyze theme, and write a poem. An answer key is provided.
There resources in this book are provided in several formats, some of them for interactive notebooks. You can pick and choose the ones you think will be best for your students.
The following resources are included.
Prereading Activity – Making predictions
Elements of Folk Tales – This comes as a completed handout and as one with blanks that your students can fill in as you go over the important information about folk tales.
Readers’ Theater Version – Allow students to experience this story as it should be – read aloud. There are two versions. In the first, there are only two narrators plus the parts of Toby, Sarah, and the Overseer. In the other version, there are four narrators. We provide both versions so you can choose the size of the groups that will read it.
Parts of Plot – There are handouts to explain the parts of plot plus a interactive activity and a regular handout for students to figure out the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. You choose the format you would like to use. An answer key is provided.
Objective Summary – There are handouts to help you teach how to write an objective summary for a story, a page where students will write one, and a sample summary for this story.
Text Dependent Questions and Instruction – There is the RACE acronym included, which will help students know exactly what to do when answering text dependent questions. There are two activities and a page of questions for students to practice answering text dependent questions. Answer keys are provided.
Theme – There are several handouts to help you teach students what a theme is. Interactive activities as well as non interactive activities and handouts are included. Sample theme statements for this story are also included.
I Am Poem – Students can complete this poem after reading the story. They will enjoy this activity, and the poems usually turn out wonderful!
Other Ideas – Extra ideas to use while teaching this story
Answer keys are provided for all handouts.
Click here to view our 7th Grade Literature Bundle, which will save you money. It includes this resource and more from the 7th grade HMH Collections textbook!