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Making Personal and Cultural Connections Using A Girl Named Disaster

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Making Personal and Cultural Connections Using A Girl Named Disaster

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 60-minute sessions, plus time for students to read the book and respond in their logs
Lesson Author

Kathleen Benson Quinn

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

Student Interactives

Calendar Activities

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

K-W-L Creator

This tool allows students to create an online K-W-L chart. Saving capability makes it easy for them to start the chart before reading and then return to it to reflect on what they learned.

 

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 6

Two famous Smiths share this birthday.

Students research Captain John Smith and Jedediah Smith, and compare them. Students then investigate the meaning of their last name.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 9

Nancy Farmer, three-time Newbery honoree, was born in 1941.

Students write original short stories in the science fiction genre based on some of Farmer's works and society's most hotly-debated issues, such as cloning, toxic waste, and brain implants.

 

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PRINTOUTS

Grades   3 – 8  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer

K-W-L Chart

This K-W-L Chart, which tracks what a student knows (K), wants to know (W), and has learned (L) about a topic, can be used before, during, and after research projects.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer

Double-Entry Journal

This printout helps students record ideas and situations from texts in one column, and their reactions in the second, thus making a connection between the text and themselves, another text, or the world.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer

Connection Web

Students use this printout to expand on connections they have made to a text and use those details to write essays or create projects about the text.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer

K-W-L-S Chart

This printable extends the familiar K-W-L’s means of organizing students’ prior knowledge, formulating inquiry questions, and recording new learning by adding space for questions for further inquiry.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer

Connection Stems

Connection Stems give students the language (and a reminder) to support their understanding by tying new learning to what they know about themselves and their world.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer

Making Connections

Using this printout, students make personal associations to a text by finding and describing text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world connections.

 

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STRATEGY GUIDES

Grades   3 – 8  |  Strategy Guide

Making Connections

In this strategy guide, you’ll learn to model how students can make three different kinds of connections (text-to-text, text-to-self, text-to-world). Students then use this knowledge to find their own personal connections to a text.

 

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