Man vs. Man! Man vs. Nature! Man vs. Self! Vera and Bill Cleaver's novel, Where the Lilies Bloom, presents just about every type of literary conflict as 14-year-old Mary Call Luther and her family struggle to survive while keeping promises they made to their dying father. This download includes discussion points for a mini-lesson about literary conflict as well as a puzzle that, when solved, spells out a passage detailing Mary Call's inner turmoil and crisis of conscience.
Students solve the puzzle by searching for vocabulary words in the first two chapters of the novel (page numbers, definitions and other clues are provided). The word puzzle is somewhat similar in style to NY Times acrostic puzzle (but simpler and without an acrostic solution). It reinforces the habit of going back to the text to find evidence. I have found that students look forward to these puzzles as a reward at the end of class, and that they are ideal for pairs of students working together. The puzzle is also a terrific way to quiet a class and ensure that all students are engaged - a great lesson for a substitute teacher to oversee!
Teachers will appreciate that the puzzle is virtually self-correcting: If a student plugs in the wrong vocabulary word, the solution won't make sense, requiring the student to go back and look for a different word on that page of the book. Very little, if any, correcting is necessary!
An answer key for the puzzle is included so the teacher can easily drop hints to help students who are stumped. ("That word starts with a letter 'P'....")
All of my lessons are written with Common Core standards in mind.
Thank you for your consideration. Please take a look at the lesson preview as well.
Vocabulary Puzzle and Literary Conflict in Where the Lilies Bloom, by Cleaver
by Sara Hathaway
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