Gay Miller

Author's details

Name: Gay Miller
Date registered: May 25, 2014
URL: http://bookunitsteacher.com/

Latest posts

  1. Teaching Ideas to Use with Pax — April 24, 2017
  2. The Wild Robot Writing Activities — April 21, 2017
  3. A Long Walk to Water Activities — April 17, 2017
  4. Person vs. Technology Conflict — April 13, 2017
  5. Among the Hidden Writing Prompts — April 10, 2017

Most commented posts

  1. Parent Connection Newsletter ~ Issue #3 — 15 comments
  2. Writing a Thesis Statement — 10 comments
  3. Flipping for Fall Mentor Texts — 8 comments
  4. Ten Interesting Facts . . . . Surviving in the Wilderness — 8 comments
  5. Show, Don’t Tell — 7 comments

Author's posts listings

Apr 24

Teaching Ideas to Use with Pax

  Pax is a wonderful novel by Sara Pennypacker. In the book, Peter and his much loved pet fox named Pax are separated because of war. The book contains chapters alternating between Peter’s and Pax’s perspectives as they make their way back to each other.  Teaching Ideas for the Book Father and Son Relationships Peter has a …

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Apr 21

The Wild Robot Writing Activities

  Welcome to the Reading Crew Spring Mentor Text Blog Linkup Be sure to sign up for a free copy all the books featured by the Reading Crew’s Linkup at the bottom of this post. My mystery word is ROBOT! The Wild Robot The Wild Robot by Peter Brown combines a science fiction story involving …

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Apr 17

A Long Walk to Water Activities

  A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park is based on a true story. The book tells the stories of Nya who lives in Southern Sudan in 2008 and Salva who lived in Southern Sudan in 1985. Each chapter begins with Nya’s story and jumps to Salva’s story. Ten-year old Nya spends her days walking …

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Apr 13

Person vs. Technology Conflict

  In a person vs. technology/machine conflict, a character has a problem with robots or machines. This type of conflict is often found in science fiction. Book Examples to use for Teaching Conflict in Literature Picture Books The Legend of John Henry  Comic Book – Iron Man Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel Children’s Literature …

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Apr 10

Among the Hidden Writing Prompts

  In Among the Hidden, twelve year old Luke lives in a future dystonia society where the government has passed a law banning parents from having more than two children. The story opens with Luke, an illegal third child, enjoying his last minutes of freedom outdoors. The government has bought the woods behind Luke’s house to build a …

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Apr 06

Person vs. Society Conflict

  In a person vs. society conflict in literature, a character struggles against the laws or beliefs of a group. This could include a character that fights against the rules such as freedom, rights, or a cause. Book Examples to use for Teaching Conflict Picture Books Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters Fly Away Home The Island of Skog …

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Apr 03

Teaching Theme with Because of Mr. Terupt

  Because of Mr. Terupt is a phenomenal book! It features seven narrators telling about their 5th grade year at Snow Hill School. Each narrator has a unique problem s/he must work through.  Students include: Luke – the class genius Jeffrey – the boy with a secret who hates school Peter – the class clown Danielle – …

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Mar 30

Person vs. the Environment Conflict

  In a person vs. the environment conflict in literature, a character is struggling against the forces of nature. A person may be fighting against bad weather conditions such as a hurricane or blizzard, survival in the wild including the desert or jungle, or against a wild animal. Book Examples to use for Teaching Person …

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Mar 27

Activities to Use with Brian’s Winter

  Brian’s Winter tells the story of what would have happened to Brian Robeson if the rescue plane had not come at the end of the book Hatchet. Author Gary Paulsen received hundreds of letters from readers who thought Brian had been rescued too soon. He should experience living in the Canadian wilderness during the winter months. Brian’s Winter is …

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Mar 23

Teaching the Persuasive Technique – Name Calling

  Name calling is the final post in this series of persuasive techniques. It can include a large number of targets including denouncing values, laughter, or putting down ideas. Advertisements use name calling when one product puts down a similar product by saying theirs is superior in some way. Political candidates also use name calling …

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