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After introducing the novel The Traveler's Gift by Andy Andrews and reading chapters 1 and 2, students will be given this graphic organizer as an ongoing "during reading" guide while finishing the novel. This could also be used as an after reading activity. It helps students keep track of the characters met in the novel, and the lessons they taught the main character.
This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.
Primary Learning Objective(s):
Students will use the graphic organizer to keep track of details from a novel and cite textual evidence during reading The Traveler's Gift.
Additional Learning Objective(s):
Greater than 120 Minutes
Materials and Resources:
graphic organizer (see attached)
teacher's guide (see attached)
Technology Resources Needed:
teacher computer to download attachments
1. Read chapters 1-2 of the novel- either assign or read in class.
2. Distribute suitcase graphic organizer and instruct students to use as a during reading activity to aid in keeping up with the characters the protagonist "meets" and the lessons he learns from each one.
3. Each day as the students are reading chapter 3 and following, place teacher copy of suitcase graphic organizer on the document projector to guide students in citing the textual evidence (ex. page numbers where answers are found). The teacher should allow time each day for students to turn and talk for some of the questions. Teacher should also allow time for group pairing for reading some of the chapters and answering the questions.
4. This lesson could extend through the entire reading of the novel and be used as a guide for a close reading.
The graphic organizer completed at the conclusion of the novel should be used as an ongoing assessment to demonstrate understanding of the numerous characters and lessons the protagonist learns throughout the course of the novel.
Students could write a character summary at the conclusion of "meeting" each historical figure and describe the lesson learned.
Students could be given page numbers on the graphic organizers for extra help.
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for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading
or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at
a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with
short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions;
poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.