mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Novel Study Discussion and Activity Guide
The novel study for Kathryn Erskine’s novel, mockingbird, includes a Discussion and Activity Guide, accompanying PowerPoint Presentation, a Student Interactive Notebook, Personal Dictionary Project, eight summative assessments with rubrics, and face cards for forming groups. The Discussion and Activity Guide is comprised of questions, prompts, and/or activities for each chapter and offers teaching suggestions and a variety of ways in which students might respond to prompts: Teacher-Led Discussion, Pair-Share, Write-Pair-Share-Class-Share, Individual Student Response, and Small Group Mini-Projects. Questions, prompts, and activities are designed to increase the relevancy of the novel and facilitate critical thinking. Many of the questions and prompts could be used for longer writing pieces or mini-projects. Teaching Notes are included throughout the Discussion and Activity Guide—they are optional ideas or strategies to enhance teaching and learning.
Students like to talk and this guide engages and encourages discussion. It can be used with the whole class, small groups, individual students, or for teachers who choose to read aloud mockingbird to students. An accompanying PowerPoint Presentation facilitates student activities and can be utilized by teachers or students. The Student Interactive Notebook includes all the questions, prompts, and activities in both the Discussion and Activity Guide and PowerPoint Presentation. Graphics on both the PowerPoint slides and the Student Interactive Notebook serve as visual clues; these graphics work especially well with students whose first language is not English or for students who are primarily visual. The Student Interactive Notebook for mockingbird can be used by a whole class as well as small group of students or individual students reading the novel independently.
The Summative Assessment Packet include 8 different projects with rubrics. You may elect to direct students to choose one or more of the projects. There are 16 different face cards that can be used to form student pairs, triads, or quads. Connections to best practice and the Common Core Standards is included.
This product includes:
• Teacher Activity and Discussion Guide (34 pages)
Emotion Face Chart
Emotion Face Cards for Forming Student Pairs, Triads,
and Quads (16 cards)
8 Summative Assessments
Connections to Best Practice and Common Core
• Personal Dictionary Project (2 pages reproducible for as many as needed)
• Student Literary Log (45 pages)
• PowerPoint Slide Presentation (109 slides)
• PowerPoint Teacher Guide 25 pages
Grade Level Appropriateness: Grades 5-8
This zip file contains 3 PDF files and 1 PowerPoint 2010 file.
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