Developing a deeper understading of the characters of Charlotte's Web

This activity will allow students to develop an understanding of characters in a more comprehensive manner.  When students know which characters are important to the plot and climax in a story it helps to build the readers understanding of the text.  This also allows students to make real world connections and relate to the characters in a book much like they would in a movie.  Mental images can be used by the reader to comprehend character(S) thoughts, moods, intentions, and feelings.

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Student reading tasks for 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'

Learning Intention:

The objective of this ongoing activity is to encourage students to learn the meaning of difficult vocabulary in order to assist in understanding the text in Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone.

Vocabulary is often referred to as a list of words used in a particular text.  The understanding and use of such words could include actions, concepts, or word meanings in a text.

Methods / Teaching Strategies

·        Group work

·        Personalized Learning

·        Individual Tasks

Assessment of Learning

·         Chapter Chart for Vocabulary (provided)

·         Student Participation of Tasks

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Click here to download activities for Chapter 6 through to end of book.

Reading Lesson Plan: Print vs. Digital: Analyzing and Designing Book Apps for Works of Literature

Another Brilliant lesson plan from By AMANDA CHRISTY BROWN AND HOLLY EPSTEIN OJALVO at the NY Times.

Overview | How has digital technology changed the way we read? How might e-books and book applications enhance our reading experiences? In this lesson, students consider the ways that new ways of reading have changed the nature of reading and design book apps for literature they have read in print. They then reflect on and compare the experiences of reading in print and in digital formats. Read more…