Gay Miller

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

Latest posts

  1. Making Connections with Text Lesson #2 — May 25, 2017
  2. Activities to use with the Book The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson — May 22, 2017
  3. Making Connections with Text Lesson #1 — May 18, 2017
  4. Activities to Use with the The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith — May 15, 2017
  5. Teaching Person vs. Supernatural Conflict with Movie Trailers — May 11, 2017

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May 25

Making Connections with Text Lesson #2

Making Connections with Text Lesson #2 This is the second of three lessons on teaching ‘Making Connections with Text.’ If you missed Lesson #1, you can see it here. In this lesson students are going to do the following: read The Town Mouse and the County Mouse write statements that make connections related to the text …

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May 22

Activities to use with the Book The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

The Goldfish Boy In The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson, twelve-year-old Matthew suffers from OCD. He is afraid to leave his bedroom where he has complete control over how clean the space is. Matthew spends his days looking out his bedroom window at the neighbors in the cul-de-sac, cleaning his room, and recording what the neighbors are doing …

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May 18

Making Connections with Text Lesson #1

Making Connections with Text Lesson #1 This is the first of three lessons on teaching ‘Making Connections with Text.’ Teaching students to make connections between previous knowledge, experiences, and emotions and the text they are reading, will — help the reader become more involved with the text improve attention span when reading enhance understanding of …

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May 15

Activities to Use with the The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith

The War with Grandpa In The War with Grandpa, ten-year-old Peter learns from his little sister that Grandpa is going to come to live with his family. He will be staying in Peter’s room because his bad leg won’t allow him to climb two flights of stairs up to the guest bedroom.  Peter becomes angry that …

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May 11

Teaching Person vs. Supernatural Conflict with Movie Trailers

  In a person vs. supernatural conflict, a character battles that which is beyond nature. It can’t be explained by natural law. This could be witches, vampires, mythical creatures, and so forth. Examples of Person vs. Supernatural Conflict from Literature Picture Books Vampire Boy’s Good Night  Children’s Literature The Witches The Lion, the Witch and the …

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May 08

Activities to Use with the Book Rules by Cynthia Lord

Rules In the book Rules by Cynthia Lord, twelve-year-old Catherine must spend the summer without her best friend who goes to California for the summer. A new girl moves in next door. Catherine hopes her autistic brother does not keep her from making friends. Ideas for the Book  Using a Communication Board I created this …

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May 04

Teaching Person vs. Person Conflict with Movie Clips

  In a person vs. person conflict, the conflict is between two forms of like beings. This is often the protagonist versus the antagonist. The conflict may be verbal, physical, or emotional. Examples from Person vs. Person from Literature Picture Books The Ugly Duckling Rumpelstiltskin The Tale of Peter Rabbit Angel Child, Dragon Child Snow White and …

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May 01

Scar Island

  Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart is the perfect book for reluctant middle school readers. This gripping adventure story is an easy read (Lexile rating of 610). Twelve year old Jonathan has been sent to the Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys. Jonathan thinks he deserves going to to this remote island just large enough to …

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Apr 27

Person vs. Self Conflict

  In a person vs. self conflict, the main character has a problem within him/herself. This type of struggle takes place in the character’s mind. The character has to make a choice between doing something that is right or wrong. The character may also have to overcome emotions. Examples for Teaching Person vs. Self from …

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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 Idea for the Book Father and Son Relationships Peter has a …

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