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For the novel The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake, this document can supply homework, facilitate guided reading groups, or stimulate reading analysis for each chapter. If you're looking for a comprehensive unit and suite of materials for The Skin I’m In that includes this resource, check out The Skin I’m In Unit: Comprehensive Suite of Materials for Novel Study.
The chapter analysis provides a framework for students to complete a deep literary analysis for every two chapters of The Skin I’m In. The assignments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and designed not only to have students practice literary skills but also demonstrate their comprehension of the text.
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 assignments 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 (not mini-quizzes), making the format friendly not only for technology but also trees. The resources include:
Chapter Analysis: For the novel The Skin I’m In, this document can offer several different uses. It could supply homework, facilitate guided reading groups, or stimulate whole class reading analysis for each chapter. The document has 16 assignments - one for every two chapters of the book - and each assignment includes 8 questions aligned to CCSS ELA skills, such as:
• Identifying main idea and support using details from the text
• Identifying and analyzing parts of plot – how elements of a story interact
• Identify conflict and types of conflict
• Analyze how conflict affects characters and creates suspense
• Analyze character and make inferences about character motivation
• Identify and analyze symbols for their deeper meaning
• Identify themes of the text and explain the lesson learned
• Analyze the effectiveness of flashbacks and foreshadowing
• Analyze setting for mood and conflict
• Identify and analyze point of view
Visualization Section: Each assignment also sees students identifying examples of figurative language and drawing a visualization of their example. This is a great way to have students use their imagination but also get them to “see” what the author is trying to convey. NOTE: Modified for digital format.
Mini-Quizzes: The mini-quizzes are a way to test students’ comprehension of the text. This space can be used for the single question comprehension quiz questions. There are multiple potential uses that could fit the needs of your classroom. (NOTE: The digital version is not formatted to allow for students to complete the quizzes online. However, as you have access to all the questions, you can still use the content and determine the best method to deliver it).
Discussion/Essay Questions: After finishing the novel, these questions will help students synthesize the novel in its entirety. They emphasize key themes and literary skills. They also can stimulate classroom conversations about the important messages the novel conveys.
Answer Key: The key provides potential answers for every question asked in every chapter. This includes comprehension quiz questions and analytic questions. Of course, not all analytic questions have just one answer. Part of the strength of the analysis question is the room they leave for students to demonstrate their unique thinking. Therefore, use the answers at your discretion but know they provide a solid foundation for the type of performance that makes for quality work.
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, either in-class or for homework. 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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