Westing Game Literature Kit (Novel Study Guides)

Westing Game Literature Kit (Novel Study Guides)

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Item #: 047648
ISBN: 9781771672511
Grades: 7-8

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Unravel the secrets at the center of an intriguing murder mystery game.

Activities are meant to excite students throughout the reading. Using the chapter titles as clues, predict what might happen in each one. Identify elements of foreshadowing from the novel, and imagine what will take place. Follow the clues in the story to solve the game before any of the characters. Identify cause and effect by explaining why each event happened. Keep track of the variety of characters with comprehension questions. Students will write their own prologue and epilogue at the completion of the reading. Compare two different character's perspectives of the same event from the novel. Aligned to your State Standards and written to Bloom's Taxonomy, additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included.

Category Description for Novel Study Guides:

Useful and flexible – that about sums it up for these easy-to-use novel study “kits.” Weaving in critical thinking skills (based on Bloom’s Taxonomy) with reading comprehension, vocabulary, and analysis, the kits provide everything you need in a single worktext with an excellent price point. Designed for both teachers and students, this one volume provides good, “just-enough” teacher guide info coupled with reproducible student handouts.

Teacher material is in color and includes an assessment rubric, plus some general teaching notes and strategies. A story summary, suggestions for further reading and vocabulary lists are included here along with graphic organizers selected specifically for the novel being studied. The graphic organizers are in color also and can be projected, used on an interactive whiteboard, or reproduced.

Novel chapters are divided into ten groupings with grayscale student handouts for each grouping. These handouts are reproducible and provide reading comprehension questions, vocabulary exercises, short answer questions, and a journaling prompt. Additionally, there are six specific writing tasks/projects for each novel. At the end of the study, there is a vocabulary wordsearch and a comprehensive quiz.

It is not expected that all these activities will be completed – or so says the teacher info. This means the student can work at their own pace and that the teacher can match the work with the student.

While these literature kits aren’t quite as strong in the area of literary analysis as some, they are user-friendly and comprehensive with good support information and activities. ~ Janice

Category Description for STUDY GUIDES & BOOKS:

Please note that a brief synopsis of many of the books included here are provided in our Library Builders section. Study guides for the same book are often available from several publishers, so we found it more efficient to give a description of the book only once.

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Those parents devoted to the neo-classical concept of the three stages of the trivium being taught consecutively over twelve years (grammar stage for ages 5 to 8 etc) might find the premise of this book a little challenging For those who love the concept of a classical education but not the prescribed regimented nature of many of its popular inceptions this book is a welcome breath of fresh air In a series of short easy �to- read chapters Diane Lockman deconstructs the neo-classical model and shows parents how to design an individualized classical education for their children Lockman proposes that there is no good reason for teaching the three skills of the trivium sequentially Instead she proposes teaching them concurrently as was done in Ancient times When children have substantially mastered these skills they are ready to move on to high school level courses that expose them to the big ideas of the Western Canon Twelve case studies provide real-life examples of how the process works The roadmaps for each of the three key trivium skills plus other tools provided in the appendix make it very simple for parents to apply the process in their own families While Lockman�s preference for certain programs is obvious she does make it clear that once a parent has identified the skills a child is ready to work on there are a multitude of tools and techniques (including but not limited to published curriculum) that could be used Following the process laid out in Trivium Mastery a relatively small investment of time enabled me to redesign our homeschooling approach for both my pre-teen children focusing on skills they actually needed and were ready to learn Reviewing the plan every semester or so is a quick enjoyable process and ensures that the children�s education is relevant to their changing interests and abilities Since they are not spending time on skills they are not ready for or that they have mainly mastered we have more time both formally and informally to devote to their individal passions As Lockman writes �No longer bound to certain methods curriculum or artifical structure you are free to the teach the three skills of language critical thinking and communication in ways that uniquely meet the needs of your family� This book shows you how
September 16, 2012

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