This unit was created and has been used with middle school special education students with specific learning disabilities in reading comprehension and basic reading skills. However, the unit would be suitable to use with any student.
The unit contains a variety of vocabulary worksheets, comprehension questions for each chapter, answer keys and final project ideas. The comprehension questions range in difficulty. Target skills include: locating facts and details, drawing conclusions, answering "wh" questions, and making personal connections.
Wringer is a wonderfully written book by Jerry Spinelli. When reading this with my classes, I spend a great deal of time having the students self reflect after reading. I encourage them to indentify and discuss times when they have experienced the same feelings or situations that Palmer faces in the book. The themes of bullying and peer pressure are heavy throughout this novel and can encourage the students to have great discussions.
Vocabulary activities can be completed independently by the students or as a group. I often did a combination of both and used the SMART board with most of these.
After the book is complete I show the class the movie Chicken Little and have them make comparisons between the two main characters in each story.