This lesson plan packet includes pre-reading activities to promote discussion, setting analysis, author's craft analysis, identification of the theme and supporting this choice with the text, questions which require returning to the text to select evidence, writing a poem, and creating a tableau. A description of every handout included is written below.
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These activities will initiate a discussion on some of the issues and key concepts in the story.
Setting- With this activity, students are required to look back at the text and analyze the setting. They must find details that describe the place, time, and environment. Then, they must explain how certain passages and words affect the characters in the story. CCSS7RL1,3
Imagery- This handout helps students analyze how the author creates imagery. With this activity, students will find a passage; then, using the information provided on the handout, they will explain how imagery has been created by the author. CCSS7RL1
Theme - The handouts on theme can be used to teach what theme is and how a theme statement can be developed. Non-examples and examples are provided to help students understand. At the end of this lesson, students will develop their own theme statements and find a passage to support their statements. CCSS7RL-1,2
Defending your Answers With Passages - This handout explains step by step how students should return to text to support an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn. It includes examples and non-examples to help the students. CCSS7RL-1
Three Skeleton Key Questions - This handout includes ten questions. Students are required to return to the text to draw conclusions and analyze various elements of the story.Many CCSS are addressed within these questions. Students determine central ideas, cite text, and analyze text. They must cite evidence to support their answers.
Three Skeleton Key Poetry - This activity provides a sample poem based on the story and requires students to write their own. CCSSW Anchor Standard 4
Tableau - This activity requires students to work in groups to develop a creative tableau and then perform it for the class. A rubric is provided. CCSSW Anchor Standard 4
Answer Keys are provided for all handouts.
**New*** We just recently added reading signposts handouts to accompany this story. Based on the book Notice and Note by Kylene Beers and Robert Probst, these handouts and charts will help your students become better readers! You can use these handouts with this story and with every novel and story you teach!
This is a game changer for the way you teach close reading. Included is a teacher packet and a student packet with handouts that explain the six "signposts" of reading. Handouts are also included for you to find the signposts in "Three Skeleton Key". Answer keys are included in the teacher packet. We guarantee you're going to LOVE this, and you will be able to use these handouts with every other story and novel you read all year!
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