My Father's Dragon: Instructional Guides for Literature

My Father's Dragon: Instructional Guides for Literature

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ISBN: 9781425889685
Grades: K-3

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Ride along on an exciting adventure with Elmer as he attempts to rescue a baby dragon held captive on a mysterious land. Young readers will learn to think on their feet as they travel with Elmer. This instructional guide for literature is the perfect tool to aid students in analyzing and comprehending this engaging story. Appealing and challenging cross-curricular lessons and activities were written to support this well-known story and incorporate research-based literacy skills to help students become thorough readers. These lessons and activities work in conjunction with the text to teach students how to analyze and comprehend story elements in multiple ways, practice close reading and text-based vocabulary, determine meaning through text-dependent questions, and much more.

They're a surprising product to be excited about - literature study guides. After all, we have quite a few series - and most of them are very good. Still, I'm excited about this Great Works series for a number of reasons. Easy to use and comprehensive, these combine all the elements of a good literature study - vocabulary, literary analysis, writing connections, assessments - giving you eye-pleasing, reproducible student pages and a well-constructed, thorough study. But, it's the extras that make them special.

First of all, they have culminating activities (Creating with Story Elements) which are ways to focus on book specifics, such as understanding the bad guy from Wrinkle in Time. This particular activity starts with a Venn diagram, comparing and contrasting other "bad guys" with the Black Thing and then choosing a project (write a movie scene, create a three-dimensional model, make a movie poster). Another, is the "close reading" of specific sub-sections and the thought-provoking questions that follow. Then, there's the making connections section - using some aspect of the reading segment to "jump" into another subject area. For instance, in Wrinkle, mentally working through geometry dimensions.

I like the cross-curricular connections. I like the variety of writing and language activities - in fact there's good variety in all of the activities. And I particularly like the progressive training in writing response to literature compositions. At the earlier levels the student is walked through the response and the writing of it. At the high school level, the student is given choices for different types of writing.

These books are essentially teacher's lesson plans with accompanying reproducible activity sheets. The studies are very cohesive both internally as they work through a literature selection and sequentially as one level prepares the student for the next. In case you're interested, they're also aligned to standards - CCSS English/Language Arts standards as well as various state standards and those for English Language Learners. Coverage includes author background, resource lists for text comparisons, book summary, theme, vocabulary, literary analysis (setting, plot, characters, devices, etc) comprehension, response to literature writing, and language learning (mainly younger levels). A comprehensive answer key is provided in the back of each book. 72 pgs. pb ~ 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.


Primary Subject
Reading/Literature
Grade Start
K
Grade End
3
ISBN
9781425889685
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Shell Education
Weight
0.45 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.25"
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