To Kill a Mockingfird Discovering Literature Teaching Guide

To Kill a Mockingfird Discovering Literature Teaching Guide

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Item #: 001992
ISBN: 9780931993749
Grades: 7-12

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These are excellent literature study guides which cultivate appreciation in literature, improve reading comprehension, and encourage development of insight. The guides are meant to be used by the teacher, although they contain student reproducibles. In the regular guides, chapter by chapter analysis includes student directives, chapter vocabulary and a chapter summary. Student directives are questions about the chapter that can either be used as discussion questions or as a guide for the student to use in developing his own summary. Vocabulary sections contain both word and description. The summary is intended for use by the teacher and gives pertinent details about each chapter. Many chapters are followed by a reproducible skills page which cover literary concepts such as character development, setting, elements of a narrative, plot development, etc. For example, in the guide to My Side of the Mountain, the flashback device is used in chapter one. So, following that chapter's analysis is a skill page on Flashback Development in which students learn about how the flashback is used effectively in the chapter. Other skill pages focus on other non-literary (but essential) skills such as outlining, sequencing, categorizing, comparison and contrast, etc. Another unique and appreciated feature is the incorporation of Writer's Forum pages. These are sprinkled throughout the guide and provide writing opportunities based on the novel. Some guides contain more of them than others: My Side of the Mountain includes three such pages which explore conflict, reality (vs. artistic "license") and a page which contains eight different writing suggestions to use for a culminating presentation. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry has five such pages on a variety of topics including poetry, discrimination, and round vs. flat characters. Some of the guides also include a final, culminating project. Besides all of this, tests are included at the end of reading "blocks" (My Side has them every five chapters, Roll of Thunder has them every three). These include multiple choice, vocabulary and essay questions. Each book also contains a reproducible page to use for student summaries and chapter vocabulary plus answers for all skill pages and tests (including model essay answers). Challenging Level guides are formatted somewhat differently, with much more emphasis on reading strategies and analysis. Chapter by chapter discussion still centers on questions, vocabulary, and summary, but there are many more Strategy (the counterpart to the middle school level skill pages) and Writer's Forum pages. These are just excellent, exploring and examining many literary constructs and techniques. For example, in The Giver, while studying chapters 1 through 5, Strategies include: Beginning a Book, Setting and Mood, Irony, Plot - The Design of a Story, and Foreshadowing and Flashback. During this same span, three Writer's Forums are included: "Shades of Meaning," "Anecdote," and "A List of Rules." As with the lower level guides, testing occurs regularly at the end of specified chapter "blocks." Tests no longer include multiple choice answers, but concentrate on vocabulary and contain more essay (both short and long answer) topics. Again, answer pages in the back of the guide contain suggested responses for all student exercises and tests. While chapter summaries are usually sufficient for answering chapter questions in the regular level, the challenging level guides (thankfully) include answers to these questions also. These guides are well conceived and highly recommended.

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Working with a student on this book one on one. This helped me set up questions for him to answer.
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Working with a student on this book one on one. This helped me set up questions for him to answer.
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These comprehensive and weighty literature study guides includes a wealth of material and are an excellent value for money For each chapter of the novel there is a summary a vocabulary list (with definitions) and a range of journal and essay topics These can easily be used as the basis for oral discussion if desired Interspersed amongst these and what really sets this guide apart from others is the huge range of strategy pages designed to increase the student's understanding of literature There are nearly thirty of these in all covering everything from how to read a novel through the standard topics of plot setting and characterization to logical fallacies literary allusions and sensory language All the strategy topics are fully explained (no prior knowledge of literary terms is assumed) and the questions can be used for written assignments or as the basis for discussionThe guide also includes thirteen writer's forums providing the student with practice in a range of genres and techniques including books reviews parody news articles and persuasion and six tests comprising short answer questions and essay topics As if that isn't enough there is also a section on the history of social thought and seven pages devoted to the various themes of the novel Busy homeschooling parents will be pleased to know that suggested answers are included I also appreciated the bibliography especially the section on literary criticismUsing the guide for To Kill a Mockingbird gave my student and I a thorough understanding of the book as well as a wealth of knowledge and techniques which we can use as we read other great novels I can't imagine a more complete literature study guide In terms of comprehensiveness and value for money I haven't found a better homeschooling resource
August 8, 2007

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