Gay Miller

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Name: Gay Miller
Date registered: May 25, 2014

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  1. My Father’s Dragon Activities — June 26, 2017
  2. Weasel by Cynthia DeFelice — June 19, 2017
  3. The Tiger Rising Book Activities — June 12, 2017
  4. The Westing Game Book Unit Activities — June 8, 2017
  5. The Dark is Rising Teaching Ideas — June 5, 2017

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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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Apr 21

The Wild Robot Writing Activities

  The Wild Robot The Wild Robot by Peter Brown combines a science fiction story involving a robot of the future with a fantasy in which animals talk. The outcome is a book that is both charming and exciting. There is no question about it; your students will love this book! Writing Ideas for the Book …

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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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