Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Literature Interactive Journal Passages

Hello everyone!  I have some really fun posts planned.  Check back often.  I have been working on several different things.  This is one of them.  It is designed to be such a time saver.

These short stories are thematic and fit right inside of student journals.  Each document provides three stories that teach the same theme, teaching tips, close reading questions, and an answer key.  More themes will be added soon.  Current themes include:
  • Identity
  • Doing the Right Thing
  • The American Dream
This is designed to fit will school district curricula, state assessments, and Common Core.  Students read multiple quick and original stories that address the same themes.  Stories are written using the same writing techniques as award winning novels. These high-interest stories cover multiple genres and are a great addition to lessons.  

Questions are written at different levels of Bloom's Taxonomy to help students evaluate text closely.  Stories can be read in one class period. Each document includes stories that can be extended for an entire week's worth of lessons.  

They are small enough to fit right inside of student journals.  Students can do a close reading of a passage right inside of their notebooks!  This makes them perfect for extending classroom lessons and as a tool for homework.

Use them as a quick assessment between novels.  Use them to review:
  • Themes
  • Character Analysis
  • Literary Devices (Foreshadowing, metaphors, personification, imagery, vivid verbs, symbolism, and more)
  • Tone and Mood
  • Comparing and Contrasting Texts
  • Inferences
  • Plot Structure
This is a great tool for Common Core.  It aligns to nearly all of the Common Core Literature Standards.

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