Celebrate Veterans Day with The Wall by Eve Bunting. Students will love listening to the story of a young boy and his father who are visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. As they scour the wall for the boy’s grandfather’s name, they encounter and observe many people who have been affected by losing a loved one during war.
The lesson objective is: Students will be able to determine the theme of The Wall by analyzing how characters are affected by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. At the end of the lesson, students will write in response to the prompt: What is the theme, or lesson, readers can learn from The Wall? Also included in this download are several Veterans Day activities.
In addition to determining the theme (the lesson’s main objective), extension skills and strategies include: predicting, inferring, vocabulary (key words and phrases), creative writing, examining character changes, feelings and actions, and more!
In the lesson plan, target questions are posed along with expected student answers and scaffolding questions to support students as needed. The scaffolding questions are designed to help students organize their thinking and understanding in smaller chunks to reach the target question.
The essential question, objective, and questions are in the lesson plan, but also in a printable format to be projected or posted for the lesson.
This lesson focuses on 8 key vocabulary words and phrases. Other vocabulary words and phrases may be pertinent for your students. Included are blank vocabulary cards so that you can customize for your students’ needs.
Use the discussion/extension cards as a way to build in creative writing and student to student discussion, allowing student to show growth towards writing and speaking and listening standards!
-Lesson Plan page w/ text’s big idea, EQ, target, vocabulary list, assessment, and teacher language
-Teacher's questioning guide w/stopping points, questions, expected answers, and possible scaffolding questions
-Template to print questions/vocabulary on post-its and place in the book before teaching for easy reference. Please note: on each post-it, you will find (for the corresponding page) key vocabulary, the main lesson plan questions and scaffolding questions.
-Quick print form of the questions to be projected/posted during read aloud
-Assessment task cards
Extensions and Extras to continue the learning:
-8 vocabulary cards and 2 blank cards
-student vocabulary and phrases graphic organizer to infer meaning of words and phrases and provide context clues (answer key included)
-3 variations of the vocabulary 4-square activity
-3 blank designs/templates for students to write a letter to “thank a veteran”
-Veterans Day coloring page
-“Response to Reading” for students to write why they are thankful to live in America
-4 variations of extension task cards
-Ideas page for “taking the learning further”
Please let me know if you have any questions!
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