Making Connections with Text Lesson #2

Making Connections with Text Three Free Lessons - Lesson 2 - Free Lesson using the stories of The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

This is the second of three lessons on teaching ‘Making Connections with Text.’ If you missed Lesson #1, you can see it here.

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

Teaching Ideas for 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 in a notebook.

One day two small children come to stay with his next door neighbor, their granddad, for the summer. The young girl, Casey, calls Matthew the goldfish boy because he stays behind his glass window watching but never interacting with the neighbors. Continue Reading

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Making Connections with Text Lesson #1

Making Connections with Text - Three Free Lessons

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 — Continue Reading

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

The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith

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.  Continue Reading

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Teaching Person vs. Supernatural Conflict with Movie Trailers

Person vs. Supernatural Conflict

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.

Check out these books and videos to help teach person vs. supernatural conflict.
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Activities to Use with the Book Rules by Cynthia Lord

Teaching Ideas for the Book Rules by Cynthia Lord

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 communication board to use with the novel Out of My Mind; however, it is a great activity to use with the book Rules as well. Jason uses an album of cards to communicate. In the story, Catherine is frustrated by this limited means of communication, so she makes Jason additional words.  Continue Reading

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Teaching Person vs. Person Conflict with Movie Clips

Person vs. Person Conflict

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.

Check out these books and videos to teach students about a person vs. person conflict.
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