"To Build a Fire"
1 Activation Strategy (Hook)
Link to background knowledge: I will show students the prezi that I used to introduce Realism before Huck Finn, reminding them of how Naturalism is one of the branches of that literary period. Students will complete this 3-2-1 on their summarizer sheets:
3 characteristics of Naturalism
2 famous authors of Naturalism
1 way Naturalism is different from Regionalism
None needed--teacher will display prezi, which is available for purchase from Laura Randazzo at https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Realism-American-Literature-Movement-from-Civil-War-to-RegionalismNaturalism-553480
2 Activation Strategy (Hook) Continued: Nonfiction Text
Nonfiction article with quiz: Students will read an article about the Iditarod at http://newsela.com/articles/Iditarod-finish/id/3009/ at their appropriate lexile level and take a socrative quiz. Use SOC #: 3519384 to get the quiz.
**I think the Newsela quizzes are too difficult; that's why I created my own in socrative.
3 Activation Strategy (Hook) Continued: Research Connection
Research connection: In partners, students will create a page-sized poster about Alaska’s gold rush history, including ten facts in their own words and a picture (which may be a timeline). Alternatively, they may choose to do a prezi instead. They will use sweetsearch.com and must have at least two sources cited on the back of the poster. They may copy the citations from easybib.com.
Rubric available at http://bit.ly/goldrushposter
4 Pre-Reading: Vocabulary Pre-Exposure
Vocabulary magic square for unknown words available at http://bit.ly/firemagicsquare
5 Pre-Reading: The Grammar of Literature
6 Guided Practice and Independent Practice
Students will complete a study guide that covers these topics:
Text-dependent questions with page number references
Man vs. nature conflict—snow and dog
Cause and effect illustrated timeline
Fire as symbol
Point of view
Traits of realism/naturalism
Connect to nonfiction—newsela article during activator
Common Core reading graphic organizer
Use of reading strategies/close reading/text---visualizing and summarizing built in to timeline
Use of independent/pairs/small groups/whole group—independent for reading nonfiction; pairs for research; whole group for reading; independent with partner check for study guide
Self-checking component—I will have major events listed on a slide for timeline. Students will earn points via self-check for every event they match. Extraneous timeline events will not hurt them.
Student copy available at http://bit.ly/firestudyguide
7 Wrap-Up: Assessment
Assessments (include vocabulary, grammar, plot/textual details, reading strategies)—focus on backward design
*Some of these are connected to what I previously mentioned in the lesson plan.
Informal: Observation of on-task behavior and informal discussions during reading
CW/HW: Study guide will be checked.
CW/HW: Research connection poster
Quiz: This story will be assessed as part of the Realism/Naturalism quiz.
Quiz: Newsela quiz will be added to previous quizzes for one bigger grade
Test: This story will be test on the unit test for Realism.
CW/HW: grammar activity