Hundred Dresses: Instructional Guides for Literature (Great Works)

Hundred Dresses: Instructional Guides for Literature (Great Works)

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ISBN: 9781425817213
Grades: K-3

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The Hundred Dresses is an inspirational, Newbery Award-winning story about a Polish girl who is bullied by her classmates for wearing the same dress every day. Using the standards-based lessons and activities in this instructional guide for literature, students will strengthen their critical literacy skills by analyzing story elements in multiple ways, practicing close reading and text-based vocabulary techniques, and determining meaning through text-dependent questions. Add rigor to your students' explorations of rich, complex literature by implementing this instructional guide for literature into your classroom today!

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
9781425817213
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Teacher Created Materials
Weight
0.45 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.19"
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