This lesson was designed as an “into” activity to help students begin to understand the more complex issues in the novel. The topics included in the anticipation/reaction guide may lead to a bigger class discussion, so time should be allotted for this. To invoke the Common Core Standards, it would be necessary to carry on a class discussion as the novel has not been studied at this point. The standards included below are from the Speaking and Listening strand of Common Core. Some ideas for discussion might include:
• Think-Pair-Share – students discuss their thoughts regarding each of the phrases and then share with the class.
• Class Gallery – post images depicting each of the phrases in the anticipation/reaction guide and have student view the images and write briefly about how they fit into the novel.
• 4 Corners – have each corner of the room represent one of each of the following: Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree and Strongly Disagree. After reading each of the phrases, students migrate to the appropriate corner. As an add-on, they can then discuss within their group why their position is the correct one and then share as a class.
This lesson can be used with all levels – college prep, honors, and ELD.
Alignment with Common Core Standards:
This lesson plan includes:
1. Anticipation/Reaction guide;
2. Prediction guide.
Duration of Lesson: 1 class period
Grade Level: used with 10th, appropriate for high school – all grades