Kate DiCamillo’s The Tiger Rising is one of my favorite books to read with students. The book is thematically rich, and DiCamillo’s language is beautiful. While creating this novel unit, my goal was to create activities that would assist students in achieving deep understanding of this story, and I hope their reading of this novel is a meaningful experience—both academically and personally.
Looking through this unit, you will notice an emphasis on discussion and figurative language. Students construct their ideas by talking and listening to their peers—and Kate DiCamillo gives us a lot to talk about with this novel! The discussion materials are meant to facilitate and focus discussion, giving students a starting point and sounding board for constructing their understandings of this book.
This book is rich in figurative language, so being able to understand the purpose of figurative language becomes imperative to understanding The Tiger Rising. This unit includes figurative language graphic organizers, anchor charts and a figurative language group activity. Questions that ask students to analyze figurative language are embedded in the quizzes.
This unit includes:
-Discussion guide, visual aids and graphic organizer: Discussion questions are provided for the teacher, as well as a method to use visual aides to link discussions of each section.
-Figurative Language: A graphic organizer to record figurative language while reading, ideas for figurative language anchor charts, figurative language group sort using examples from the text, analysis questions included in the quizzes.
-Quizzes: Challenging multiple-choice quizzes to assess students' ability to analyze the text as well as prepare for state assessments. Open-response questions also provided.
-Vocabulary Analysis: Vocabulary graphic organizers along with ideas of how to best use them in the classroom.
-Character Analysis Graphic Organizers: Two graphic organizers for both Rob and Sistine, to be filled out at the beginning of the book and again at the end, then to be compared.
-Sample Lesson Plans for the Teacher
-Reading Notes for the Teacher: Lists a summary, key vocabulary, themes, figurative language and discussion questions for each section of the book.
I hope you and your students find this product as a helpful tool in engaging meaningfully with The Tiger Rising. Thank you for your patronage!