The Power of One Hyperlinked PDF

Ms Cookie
Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
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  • Zip (19 pages)
  • Internet Activities
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My husband’s district went one-to-one with Chromebooks this year, so he asked me to create one of my book projects for his sophomore English class. This HyperDoc is designed to be used as a companion activity while reading The Power of One, a highly engaging book that explores South African life in the first half of the 20th century.

Don't let the reading level (940 Lexile level) fool you; this novel explores some complex themes with some advanced subject matter. In the past, many allusions were lost on my husband's students because they didn’t understand the history. As often happens with any novel, more subtle nuances in the book were passed over and the deeper meaning frequently overlooked. To that end, I have included more than 50 links to articles, videos, audio recordings and activities to help deepen comprehension and spark critical thinking.

Integration is the name of the game, so I’ve taken care to include a variety of subject areas and diverse media. You can't read this book without an in-depth discussion about character, courage and morality, so many questions and activities address this.

Language arts:

Figurative language

Character analysis

Inferring meaning

Point of view

Vocabulary development





Compound interest



The Boer War

South Africa

World War II

English imperialism

Dingaan and Shaka history

The first ghettos

The Charge of the Light Brigade




Geography of South Africa

Moon phases

Physics of block and tackle operation


Caves and cave formation

The Arts:

“The Laughing Cavalier”



Music vocabulary

At the end of the project, extension activities have been included for in-depth essay assignments (students can choose one) and “extra” image links are included throughout for early finishers to explore or for curious students who just want to know more. This project can be used with your whole class if you have one-to-one devices, small groups at a computer center, or individually. You can assign all of it or just certain parts. This is ideal for students who read at different rates and makes it easy for students to keep up or make up when absent.

We're working on a key, so be sure to follow me to be notified when the key has been created (with student examples) and uploaded.


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19 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author’s claims.
Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social studies.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.


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