Students identify the main events that take place in a classic children's picture book. Students will then compare and contrast the book to the film using specific events from both. Students will analyze the choices the director makes in recreating the events from the book. Lastly, students will write a movie review based on the analysis of the events.
Kate and Maggie Roberts create a series of nine videos in connection with their book, DIY Literacy: Teaching Tools for Differentiation, Rigor, and Independence. From viewer problems and questions, the authors designed practical teaching examples. The videos are light-hearted but offer strategies to encourage deeper reading in the classroom. The authors model teaching strategies that answer classroom situations using a demonstration notebook.
This is a breakdown of the novel "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" and is set up to move slow. It is set up so that students are able to recall events within each reading as they are directly taken from the book. This could be printed off for students to fill out or could be up loaded to google classroom for students to fill in.
Students look at ways to compare fairy tales as a genre. The lessons use Ella Enchanted and The Courageous Princess as a framework for journal writing and reflection from a first-person perspective. The poem "Grethel" is the next literature piece used for comparison of heroines. After analyzing the various texts, students create their own revision using a different format (poem or graphic novel). The series of 4 lessons include a step-by-step instructional plan, printouts which include:
Common elements of a fairy taleSituations for fairy talesComic book primerAdditional website links
Students share out their works and assess their writing with a class-created rubric.
The Global Read Aloud Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed lends connects people globally through literature. The 80 slides take an instructor through six weeks of lessons integrating ELA Standards for literature and Information and Technology Standards.
In this module, students are involved in a deep study of mythology, its purposes, and elements. Students will read Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief (780L), a high-interest novel about a sixth-grade boy on a hero’s journey. Some students may be familiar with this popular fantasy book; in this module, students will read with a focus on the archetypal journey and close reading of the many mythical allusions. As they begin the novel, students also will read a complex informational text that explains the archetypal storyline of the hero’s journey which has been repeated in literature throughout the centuries. Through the close reading of literary and informational texts, students will learn multiple strategies for acquiring and using academic vocabulary. Students will also build routines and expectations of discussion as they work in small groups. At the end of Unit 1, having read half of the novel, students will explain, with text-based evidence, how Percy is an archetypal hero. In Unit 2, students will continue reading The Lightning Thief (more independently): in class, they will focus on the novel’s many allusions to classic myths; those allusions will serve as an entry point into a deeper study of Greek mythology. They also will continue to build their informational reading skills through the close reading of texts about the close reading of texts about the elements of myths. This will create a conceptual framework to support students’ reading of mythology. As a whole class, students will closely read several complex Greek myths. They then will work in small groups to build expertise on one of those myths. In Unit 3, students shift their focus to narrative writing skills. This series of writing lessons will scaffold students to their final performance task in which they will apply their knowledge about the hero’s journey and the elements of mythology to create their own hero’s journey stories.
John Schumacher (aka Mr. Schu) is a blogger, a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University, and the Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic Book Fairs®. You could say every day is a giant book party for this teacher-librarian! In fact, Library Journal named him "The Xtreme Librarian" for the high level of exertion Ã¢â‚¬â€œ along with some gears and stunts Ã¢â‚¬â€œ he uses to get kids reading, and Instructor Magazinenamed him a Cool Teacher for redefining what it means to be a teacher-librarian.
This resource is a link to his Blog. The Blog hosts children's book trailers he has created. He explains "how" he created them.
Resource has discussion questions, extension activities and information about the real Ivan. Some of the extension activities include links to other sites with informatin pertaining to The One and Only Ivan.