This is a COMPLETE and COMPREHENSIVE UNIT PLAN for Sharon Draper's novel, We Beat the Street. Included in this product are:
1. ANALYZING CHOICES Pre-Reading Activity: This short assignment gets students to think critically about how they judge others. It requires them to analyze how they make choices and decisions, including where they live, what they do, and the friends they make. The second part of the assignment requires students to justify their assertions from Part One. They must write in complete sentences, evaluating their answers and relating the book to their own lives.
2. SETTINGS COMPARE/CONTRAST Pre-Reading Webquest: The simple activity requires students to research the setting, then compare it to their own environment. Students will use a credible website (city-data.com) and work to complete a data chart about each city. This is an excellent pre-reading activity for the novel, and gets students to think critically about how environments affect the people that live there.
3. Chapter Comprehension Question - ALL CHAPTERS (1-22): This packet includes 20 pages of comprehension questions and vocabulary practice. The questions encompass every type of learning, requiring students to analyze, evaluate, identify, illustrate, and much more! There are interactive comprehension questions for all of the 22 chapters in the novel. This is a very thorough and well-edited collection of questions. It has been very beneficial to students, as they read the coming-of-age novel.
4. Midterm Exam (CHAPTERS 1-12): This is an exam for the first twelve chapters. It includes three parts: Multiple Choice/Short Answer, Quotations, and Matching. There is also an answer key included. This exam is differentiated for two groups of student: the TRIANGLES at the bottom of the first two pages indicate an exam for Above- and At-Level Students. The CIRCLES at the bottom of Pages 3 and 4 indicate Below-Level students. Key concepts in the exam and that exist throughout the novel are:
- WRITING IN COMPLETE THOUGHTS
5. Final Comprehensive Exam (ALL CHAPTERS): This is an exam for all 22 chapters. It includes three parts: Multiple Choice/Short Answer, Quotations, and Matching. There is also an answer key included. This exam is differentiated for two groups of student: the TRIANGLES at the bottom of the first two pages indicate an exam for Above- and At-Level Students. The CIRCLES at the bottom of Pages 3 and 4 indicate Below-Level students.
6. ANALYZING CONFLICT Final Project: This project focuses on the THE FOUR MAIN TYPES OF CONFLICT in the novel. The comprehensive activity allows students to be creative, while also requiring them to analyze conflict in the novel and relate it to their own lives. When assigning this project, I have students draw "character cards" to see which "task" they will receive; another option is to allow students to make their own choices of which character task they'd like to complete. For my "Below-Level" students, I allow them to work in pairs to complete the assignment. Included in this product are the following:
- Conflict Project Assignment Sheets for each of the novel's main characters: Sampson, George, and Rameck - explains requirements for project in great detail
- Conflict Project examples (teacher-made) - to be used for students who are struggling with getting started on the project
- Conflict Project "Paper-Saver" Rubrics - for teacher to use in order to fairly score each student's finished project; should also be shown to students before, so they know what to expect
* NOTE: You can purchase any of these individual products separately from my store, or you can purchase this complete unit for a DISCOUNT OF $5.50!