This versatile unit can be used in the middle school language arts classroom for guided reading, literature circles, or whole-class type of setting. Tuck Everlasting is broken down into seven sections. Each section includes:
-Text Introduction: A teacher guide for what to say when introducing the next section of the text, including challenging vocabulary, text connections, preloading difficult concepts, previews for what is to come in the story, etc.
-Comprehension Questions: The comprehension questions are broken down into within, beyond, and about the text questions. They are included within the teacher plans and also formatted into a printable worksheet.
-Skill Work Reinforcement: For each section, a concept is pulled out of the text to emphasize something with grammar, punctuation, or writer's craft. Examples from the text are used to emphasize these teaching points so that students take on these ideas in context.
-Extension: Creative writing ideas to extend the meaning of the text are prepared for each section of the text and formatted onto lined, printable paper to distribute to students.
-Interactive Bookmarks: Students can focus in on gathering specific textual evidence on these interactive bookmarks. Each section contains a different focus.
-Reading Record: Each section includes a reading record with a section of the text to have students read out loud. This is a great tool for progress monitoring and setting goals for working with students who may struggle with oral reading and/or comprehension of the text. Teachers can use these to monitor reading accuracy, self-monitoring behavior, fluency, comprehension of the passage, ability to self-correct, types of errors students are making as readers, etc. As a supplement to the reading records, an oral reading behavior rubric is included.
-Close Read: A section of the text is highlighted as students read the excerpt three times, each time noticing something different about the text. A focus question at the end, asks students to take the different pieces they focused in on for that particular passage and answer a culminating question.
-Quickwrite: Each section includes a quickwrite which asks students to read a passage and respond to it in writing or take a sentence from the passage and use that sentence to begin writing.
-Sentence Stalking: A sentence from each section of the text is highlighted as students examine that sentence closely, identifying what they notice about the writer's craft, grammar, punctuation, etc. A list of possible noticings is included with each example for teacher use.
In addition, this product comes with the following:
-Note taking templates to track anecdotal notes on students' reading behaviors for groups and individual students. This also couples with a reading participation rubric.
-Individual final project choice board/menu with a coordinating rubric.
-Culminating collaborative project board/menu for small groups of students with a coordinating rubric.
-Literary analysis guidelines, outline, and rubric.
-Catchphrase game with directions and 80 playing cards to laminate.
-10 graphic organizers:
*Inferring Characters' Traits Through Dialogue
*Through the Main Character's Eyes
*Critiquing the Author's Decisions
*Types of Conflict
*Analysis of Significant Event with Sketch
-Common Core State Standard alignment for grades 5-8 is included.
This is a great product for a teacher who is serious about working closely with students to improve their students as overall readers. It is not a unit that is intended to pacify students with "busy work" surrounding the text. It is an intensive unit of study that requires the student and the teacher to have rich conversation and critical thinking surrounding the text. Download the preview to see if this is something that would work for you in your classroom.
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The Giver Novel Guide