What a fun way to learn and practice character analysis in this great poem, “The Spider and the Fly” by Mary Howitt! Students will read the poem (either a shortened version – poem A – or in its entirety – poem B) and use the text to analyze the poem’s structure, content, and use of figurative language. Then, dig a little deeper to analyze character by using the included graphic organizers to discover what the spider and fly are really like. Finally, students will create some great poems (and other writing) as they draw conclusions, state opinions, and make inferences about the characters based on what they have read. Directions included on making their very own spider webs to display with their writing!
This product is perfect for fall, Halloween, or a study of spiders and/or insects. It’s also great to use along side Aesop’s fables, as it follows the same type of structure, just in poetry form. Great for discussions on theme, too. All you have to do is print and go! Supplies for the spider web crafts are very minimal – just liquid glue, glitter and construction paper or popsicle sticks and yarn. You probably have those in your classroom already!
This product goes well with my Spiders Paired Passages product, which includes a variety of nonfiction passages on different kind of spiders.
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Also, check out my Spider and the Fly readers’ theater (coming soon!).
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Happy Teaching! Martha from "The Owl Spot"