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English teacher for upper schools with a passion for literature. My resources eschew flashy, clip-art-infested layouts for clean, focused, and advanced worksheets and activities for students and teachers.

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English teacher for upper schools with a passion for literature. My resources eschew flashy, clip-art-infested layouts for clean, focused, and advanced worksheets and activities for students and teachers.
George Orwell - 1984 - Book 1, Ch. 3: Doublethink (IGCSE WORKSHEETS + ANSWERS)
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George Orwell - 1984 - Book 1, Ch. 3: Doublethink (IGCSE WORKSHEETS + ANSWERS)

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This advanced unit of work focuses on Book 1, Chapter 3 of George Orwell’s 1984 or Nineteen-Eighty-Four, with a specific focus on aiding your study of the novel for IGCSE English Literature (1984 is a set text for the IGCSE English Literature Exams in 2020 and 2021). Although worksheet, as indeed all of my 1984 handouts and activities are specifically designed to be read at IGCSE level or in preparation for the IGCSE English Literature exams. But they can be used independent of these exams and the IGCSE curriculum, too, of course! The level is certainly also high enough to be used if you have made 1984 one of the set texts for your IB English A: Literature or English A: Language & Literature course. The unit of work includes: 1. Comprehension questions for Book 1, Chapter 3 of 1984 2. 1984 Then and Now: Extensive article and information text comparing the novel’s concept of doublethink with the post-truth era of media and politics of today, including delving into concepts of alternative facts and fake news. This is designed to get students to see the novel’s timeless qualities and socio-cultural / political relevance for present day. 3. Discussiong Questions designed as a follow-up activity to the 1984 Then and Now newspaper article. Can alternatively be used to elicit written responses from students. 4. TEACHER’S GUIDE + ANSWER KEY: A detailed teacher’s guide with MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension questions. Feedback is always welcome!
George Orwell - 1984 - Book 1, Ch. 8: Symbolism (IGCSE WORKSHEETS + ANSWERS)
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George Orwell - 1984 - Book 1, Ch. 8: Symbolism (IGCSE WORKSHEETS + ANSWERS)

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This advanced unit of work focuses on Book 1, Chapter 8 of George Orwell’s 1984 or Nineteen-Eighty-Four, with a specific focus on aiding your study of the novel for IGCSE English Literature (1984 is a set text for the IGCSE English Literature Exams in 2020 and 2021). Although this unit of work, as indeed all of my 1984 handouts and activities are specifically designed to be read at IGCSE level or in preparation for the IGCSE English Literature exams. But they can be used independent of these exams and the IGCSE curriculum, too, of course! The level is certainly also high enough to be used if you have made 1984 one of the set texts for your IB English A: Literature or English A: Language & Literature course. The unit of work includes: 1. Comprehension questions for Book 1, Chapter 8 of 1984 2. Analysing Language: Symbolism in Book 1 Activity. This activity is designed to facilitate a close reading of some of the most important symbols in Book 1 of the novel, including Big Brother, Newspeak and the memory hole, Mr. Charrington’s shop and the paperweight etc. The activity uses carefully selected passages and guiding questions to allow students to take a closer look at this symbols. 3. TEACHER’S GUIDE + ANSWER KEY: A detailed teacher’s guide with MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension questions as well as guiding commentary for the symbols in the close reading activity. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
IGCSE Poetry: "Afternoon with Irish Cows" by Billy Collins (Complete Teaching Unit + EXAM PREP)
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IGCSE Poetry: "Afternoon with Irish Cows" by Billy Collins (Complete Teaching Unit + EXAM PREP)

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This unit of work is designed to enable an in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem “Afternoon with Irish Cows" by Billy Collins. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams in 2020 and 2021. The worksheets can be used independent of the IGCSE English Literature exams and curriculum, too, naturally. The unit of work includes: Short biography and introduction to the poet - Billy Collins The poem text with line numbers to facilitate a close-reading and analysis, and a glossary of unusual or difficult vocabulary. Comprehension, close-reading & analysis questions. Essay questions to facilitate exam preparation. Pre-Reading Tasks to introduce the poem and its central concerns in class. Perfect for teaching the poem & for exam practice.
The Merchant of Venice - Act 1, Scene 3: Shylock - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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The Merchant of Venice - Act 1, Scene 3: Shylock - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS

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These print-and-use lesson worksheets are part of my teaching unit for Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. They focus specifically on Act 1, Scene 3, with a particular focus on Shylock (and the complex character he is in the play). This comprehensive unit of work includes the following: 1. Comprehension Questions for Act 1, Scene 3 of The Merchant of Venice. 2. Shakespeare in Context: Short, informative texts about the usury or money-lending in the context of the play, as well as about Shakespeare’s allusion to and use of the Biblical story of Jacob and his flock (Genesis 30). 3. Act it Out! - A range of pair work or group work drama & improv activities that facilitate a critical while fun engagement with the scene and its staging. Feel free to use whichever activities you would like to or have time for (as there is a wide range available throughout my Merchant of Venice unit). 4. Creative Writing Tasks - These writing tasks (again, there is a range of them available throughout my *Merchant of Venice *unit) allow students to engage in yet another crucial way with Shakespeare’s language. 5. MODEL ANSWERS for all the comprehension and close reading questions as well as a teacher’s guide and further in-depth analysis and commentary about Shylock’s complex character. This should help teachers teaching the play for the first time or who are looking for fresh insights into this iconic Shakespearean comedy. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
The Hobbit (J. R. R. Tolkien) - Chapter 17 - NO PREP ACTIVITIES, ANSWERS + GUIDE
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The Hobbit (J. R. R. Tolkien) - Chapter 17 - NO PREP ACTIVITIES, ANSWERS + GUIDE

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This is a set of print-and-use worksheets, activities, handouts and presentation-mode PDFs for J. R. R. Tolkien’s iconic fantasy children’s novel The Hobbit, and more specifically for Chapter 17 - The Clouds Burst. The chapter represents the climax of the novel with the Battle of the Five Armies. This comprehensive teaching unit, adapted for DISTANCE LEARNING, includes the following: Comprehension & Close Reading Questions for Chapter 17. Read & Response Journal Questions for Chapters 17. Compare the Movie version of The Hobbit with the novel activity - you can use any film version, be it the 2012 trilogy or the 1977 animated version for this activity. TEACHER’S GUIDE + PRESENTATION (a set of slides for use in class or in a video conference) is included. Perfect for DISTANCE LEARNING, this includes MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension & close reading questions as well as slides for teaching the lesson. NO PREP NEEDED! I’ve also included a DETAILED SUMMARY & ANALYSIS of Chapter 17 as further guidance for teachers, especially useful for those teaching The Hobbit for the first time, or in a homeschooling, DISTANCE LEARNING setting. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
The Hobbit (J. R. R. Tolkien) - Chapter 12 - NO PREP ACTIVITIES, ANSWERS + GUIDE
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The Hobbit (J. R. R. Tolkien) - Chapter 12 - NO PREP ACTIVITIES, ANSWERS + GUIDE

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This is a set of print-and-use worksheets, activities, handouts and presentation-mode PDFs for J. R. R. Tolkien’s iconic fantasy children’s novel* The Hobbit*, and more specifically for Chapter 12 - Inside Information. This comprehensive teaching unit, adapted for DISTANCE LEARNING, includes the following: Comprehension & Close Reading Questions for Chapter 12. Read & Response Journal Questions for Chapter 12 Analyzing Types of Conflict in The Hobbit. TEACHER’S GUIDE + PRESENTATION (a set of slides for use in class or in a video conference) is included. Perfect for DISTANCE LEARNING, this includes MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension & close reading questions as well as slides for teaching the lesson. NO PREP NEEDED! I’ve also included a DETAILED SUMMARY & ANALYSIS of Chapter 12 as further guidance for teachers, especially useful for those teaching The Hobbit for the first time, or in a homeschooling, DISTANCE LEARNING setting. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
IGCSE / IB: A Raisin in The Sun (Hansberry) - Act 1, Scene 2 WORKSHEET + ANSWERS
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IGCSE / IB: A Raisin in The Sun (Hansberry) - Act 1, Scene 2 WORKSHEET + ANSWERS

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This comprehensive teaching unit focuses on Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking play A Raisin in the Sun. The play is on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for 2019-2021 AND 2022, but the resources in this unit are designed so that they be used independently of the IGCSE exams, too! The unit contains: Comprehension Questions for Act 1, Scene 2 of the play. This is an easier set of questions designed to test students’ understanding of the plot, characters, etc., and also requires some inference. Close Reading Questions for Act 1, Scene 2 of the play. This is a more challenging set of questions that force students to engage with key literary aspects (setting, characterization, conflicts, themes, symbolism, mood, tone, etc.), and thus require a real close reading of Act 2, Scene 1. You can use this set of questions with more advanced students, and they are also perfect to practice close reading and analysis as they often use key passages, quotations, and events as the starting point for further discussion, critical thinking, and analysis. Analyzing Quotes / Passages Activity: This is a range of guided close reading activities with selected key quotes/passages and accompanying guided questions. The questions facilitate a closer, guided look at various crucial literary aspects, including themes, symbolism, characterization, motifs. Perfect, again, for exam practice Conflicts in the Play: This is a pair work or group work activity that facilitates a guided analysis of the various conflicts played out in Act 1 of the play, between protagonists Walter, Ruth, Mama, and Beneatha. Teacher’s Guide + ANSWER KEY: I’ve included detailed model answers and responses to both the comprehension and the close reading questions of this worksheet. This is designed to help teachers provide the necessary, in-depth responses to students’ questions. It is also designed to aid students in their revision, especially if they wish to consult the answer key to gain an in-depth understanding of Act 1, Scene 2. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
The Hobbit (J. R. R. Tolkien) - Chapters 13+14 - NO PREP ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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The Hobbit (J. R. R. Tolkien) - Chapters 13+14 - NO PREP ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS

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This is a set of print-and-use worksheets, activities, and handouts for J. R. R. Tolkien’s iconic fantasy children’s novel The Hobbit, and more specifically for Chapter 13 - Not At Home and Chapter 14 - Fire and Water. This comprehensive teaching unit, adapted for DISTANCE LEARNING, includes the following: Comprehension & Close Reading Questions for Chapters 13 and 14. Read & Response Journal Questions for Chapters 13 and 14. Analysing Themes: Heroes and Heroism Activity (Guided close reading activity that facilitates a retrospective look back at key passages from Chapters 10-14 to trace Tolkien’s definition of what makes a hero, and to see how Bilbo is truly heroic - if unconventionally so. TEACHER’S GUIDE + PRESENTATION (a set of slides for use in class or in a video conference) is included. Perfect for DISTANCE LEARNING, this includes MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension & close reading questions, and the analysing themes activity, as well as slides for teaching the lesson. NO PREP NEEDED. I’ve also included a DETAILED SUMMARY & ANALYSIS of Chapters 13+14 as further guidance for teachers, especially useful for those teaching The Hobbit for the first time, or in a homeschooling, DISTANCE LEARNING setting. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
The Outsiders (S. E. Hinton) - Ch. 4-5 - Motifs - NO PREP ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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The Outsiders (S. E. Hinton) - Ch. 4-5 - Motifs - NO PREP ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS

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These print-and-use lesson worksheets and activities are part of my teaching unit for S. E. Hinton’s iconic young adult novel The Outsiders. With a specific focus on Chapters 4-5, this comprehensive unit includes a range of activities to choose from: 1. Comprehension Questions for Chapter 4-5 of The Outsiders. 2. Alternative ‘storyboard’-style comprehension check for Chapters 4-5 (caters to visual learners, is easier to do / quicker way to check comprehension of Chapters 4-5). 3. Analyzing Motifs: Grease hair and the blue mustang: this is a guided close reading activity that facilitates an in-depth look at some of the most important motifs of the first part of the novel. It can also be used to teach foreshadowing. 4. Making Connections: “Nothing Gold Can Stay” - Activities and guided analysis that focuses on Robert Frost’s famous poem recited at the end of Chapter 5; this activity can be used either at this point of the novel or at a later stage (after Johnny’s death, for example), and has been designed in such a way that you can use it whenever you deem best. 5. TEACHER’S GUIDE with MODEL ANSWERS for all the comprehension questions, and the analyzing motifs and the poetry analysis activity. I’ve also included a further in-depth analysis and commentary for Chapters 4-5 of The Outsiders, ideal for to help teachers who are new to teaching the novel, or for students in a DISTANCE LEARNING setting who need to complete the activities independently. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
The Outsiders (S. E. Hinton) - Ch. 8-9 - Conflict - NO PREP ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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The Outsiders (S. E. Hinton) - Ch. 8-9 - Conflict - NO PREP ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS

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These print-and-use lesson worksheets and activities are part of my teaching unit for S. E. Hinton’s iconic young adult novel The Outsiders. With a specific focus on Chapters 8-9, this comprehensive unit includes a range of activities to choose from: Comprehension Questions for Chapter 8-9 of The Outsiders. Conflicts and Themes & The Outsiders Activity: This holistic activity provides an overview of the main types of conflict in literature and a guided, close-reading style activity that allows students to connect the development of conflicts to central themes in the story (using various key passages and quotations from Chapters 1-9). Making Connections: Symbolism, Themes, and Characterisation - Cherry Valance in The Outsiders: With a specific focus on the character Cherry Valance, this activity makes clear, guided connections between themes, symbols and in/direct characterization techniques in The Outsiders. An excellent activity to practice inference and analysis skills, and to get students to dig a little deeper into the overall message and meaning of the story. TEACHER’S GUIDE with MODEL ANSWERS for all the comprehension questions, conflicts & themes and symbolism/characterization activities. I’ve also included a further in-depth analysis and commentary for Chapters 8-9 of The Outsiders, ideal for to help teachers who are new to teaching the novel, or for students in a **DISTANCE LEARNING **setting who need to complete the activities independently. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
Lord of the Flies (Golding) - Chapter 12 - Change - Worksheets + ANSWERS + GUIDE
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Lord of the Flies (Golding) - Chapter 12 - Change - Worksheets + ANSWERS + GUIDE

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This unit of work focuses on Chapter 12 of William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies; as a comprehensive unit for Chapter 12, it includes the following: 1. Comprehension, Close Reading & Discussion Questions for Chapter 12 of the novel. 2. Identify the Quote Quiz - this activity provides an alternative, quicker, and potentially more fun way to check reading and comprehension of Chapter 12 of the novel - with quotes that students have to recognize and contextualize. 3. Analyzing Setting - Changes on the Island - This activity provides a guided, scaffolding approach to looking back at how the island and the boys have changed by the end of the novel. The activity posits the setting as a mold setting and shows how the island changes and shapes the boys as well. **4. Connections - Coral Island and Lord of the Flies - this activity looks at the main source of inspiration for Lord of the Flies, J. M. Ballantyne’s The Coral Island from the 19th century and provides a close reading and guided activity to analyze how and why Golding alludes to Ballantyne’s novel. The activity also connects to the central themes and the main allegorical purpose of the novel. 5. After Reading - Unanswered Questions & Mock Trial - this activity provides students with an opportunity to voice and address questions left unanswered by the often unsatisfactory end of the novel. The activity also includes guidance to host and do a mock trial after reading the novel, in which the class can address the issue of collective/individual responsibility (Jack, Roger, the other boys) for their murder of Piggy / Simon, etc, providing an ideal way to look back at the novel as a whole. 6. Towards Assessment - Character Analysis Essay - this activity guides the students through the process of writing an academic, detailed character analysis essay after reading the novel, analyzing a character of their choice. A detailed, scaffolded guide and an assessment rubric are included if you want to use this as a form of summative assessment. 7. Teacher’s Guide + Answer Key - this provides a detailed answer key for all the activities as well as a teacher’s guide for Chapter 12 of the novel - including a summary and an analysis of Chapter 12. This is designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights, as well as for students working independently in a home school setting or in a distance learning environment. Edition of the novel used: Lord of the Flies (William Golding), Faber and Faber Educational Edition. Hoping you find everything you’re looking for, please leave feedback!
Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe) Ch. 20-22 - Irony - Activities + ANSWERS
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Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe) Ch. 20-22 - Irony - Activities + ANSWERS

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This comprehensive unit of work focuses on Part 3, Chapters 20-22 of Chinua Achebe’s iconic novel Things Fall Apart, and includes the following: 1. Comprehension, Close Reading & Discussion Questions for Chapters 20-22 of the novel. 2. Identify the Quote Quiz - this activity provides an alternative, quicker, and potentially more fun way to check reading and comprehension of Chapters 20-22 of the novel - with quotes that students have to recognize and contextualize. 3. Analysing Language - Irony. This activity first introduces/reviews the different kinds of irony most often found/used in literature, including comical, verbal, situational, and dramatic irony. Then the activity uses excerpts/passages from Things Fall Apart to test students’ understanding of the concepts and as a springboard for a further in-depth discussion of the purpose of irony in the novel. 4. The Novel in Context - The Role of Women in Things Fall Apart - As Chapters 20-22 feature Ezinma quite heavily, discussions about religion, agbala, as well as a return to Okonkwo’s paternalistic, patriarchal view of Igbo tradition and society, it provides plenty of fertile ground for an in-depth analysis of the role of women in Things Fall Apart. The activity includes an exploratory essay and follow-up discussion questions. 5. Teacher’s Guide + Answer Key - this provides a detailed answer key with model answers for all the activities - designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights. Perfect for independent study and distance learning. Feedback is greatly appreciated!
Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe) Ch. 18-19 - White Man's Burden - Activities + ANSWERS
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Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe) Ch. 18-19 - White Man's Burden - Activities + ANSWERS

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This comprehensive unit of work focuses on Part 2, Chapters 18-19 of Chinua Achebe’s iconic novel Things Fall Apart, and includes the following: 1. Comprehension, Close Reading & Discussion Questions for Chapters 18-19 of the novel. 2. Identify the Quote Quiz - this activity provides an alternative, quicker, and potentially more fun way to check reading and comprehension of Chapters 18-19 of the novel - with quotes that students have to recognize and contextualize. 3. Making Connections - “The White Man’s Burden”. This activity focuses on Rudyard Kipling’s poem “The White Man’s Burden”, esp. in the context of my unit on Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, and includes the following: Introduction to the Poem & Context: This informative text explores the poem’s context of composition as well as the idea of ‘the white man’s burden’ expressed in the poem’s title. Political cartoons and primary sources help to bring the debate to life. Comprehension, Close Reading & Analysis Questions that facilitate in-depth analysis and critical discussion of Kipling’s poem. Extension Activity: This activity uses H. T. Johnson’s poetic response, “Black Man’s Burden” (1899) as a basis for an optional extension discussion. I felt that this is important to include to present the other side of the debate and to provide more historical context for the reception of Kipling’s poem.* 4. Teacher’s Guide + Answer Key - this provides a detailed answer key with model answers for all the activities - designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights. Perfect for independent study and distance learning. Feedback is always appreciated!
Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe) Ch. 23-25 - The Title - Activities + ANSWERS
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Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe) Ch. 23-25 - The Title - Activities + ANSWERS

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This comprehensive unit of work focuses on Part 3, Chapters 23-25 of Chinua Achebe’s iconic novel Things Fall Apart, and includes the following: 1. Comprehension, Close Reading & Discussion Questions for Chapters 23-25 of the novel. 2. Identify the Quote Quiz - this activity provides an alternative, quicker, and potentially more fun way to check reading and comprehension of Chapters 23-25 of the novel - with quotes that students have to recognize and contextualize. 3. Making Connections: The Title of the Novel & “The Second Coming” by W. B. Yeats: This advanced activity is designed to help students understand W. B. Yeats’ iconic yet rather difficult poem “The Second Coming”, with a particular focus on how it is linked to Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart. The activity includes: Context of Composition: An introduction to the context shared by both Achebe’s novel and Yeats’ poem. This includes information about how Achebe was inspired by the poem in the choice of both the epigraph at the beginning of the novel and in his choice of title. *** Annotated Poem** text: (“The Second Coming” by W. B. Yeats) with annotations for difficult concepts, vocabulary, and terminology required to understand the poem. Yeats’ Vision: A diagram and labeled, explaining how “The Second Coming” envisions Yeats’s cyclical, dual gyres of history (as outlined in his book Vision). **Comprehension, Close Reading & Analysis Questions **for the poem Food for thought and essay questions for additional in-depth reflection and to ensure higher-order thinking and writing skills are also catered to. 4. Teacher’s Guide + Answer Key - this provides a detailed answer key with model answers for all the activities - designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights. Perfect for independent study and distance learning. IMPORTANT! Rate this product & get one product for free: If you provide a rating & feedback for this product, contact me by email to receive one product (except a bundle) sent to you free of charge! Feedback is always appreciated!
The Giver (Lois Lowry) - Chapters 2-3 - Color - NO PREP ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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The Giver (Lois Lowry) - Chapters 2-3 - Color - NO PREP ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS

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This comprehensive unit of work focuses on ChapterS 2-3 of the iconic dystopian novel The Giver by Lois Lowry, and includes the following: 1. Comprehension and Read & Respond Questions for Chapters 2-3 of the novel. These questions are designed to test comprehension, on the one hand, and to provide prompts for journal-style read-and-respond questions and critical discussions in class. 2. Jonas’s World - The Importance of Color - This activity guides students to a more critical engagement with one of the most pivotal moments of this first part of the novel: Jonas’s experience with the apple, and his momentary perception of its color(s). This activity can either be done in class using the provided PowerPoint Presentation and/or as follow-up activities and homework assignments. 3. Teacher’s Guide + Answer Key - this provides model answers for all the activities - designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights. The teacher’s guide helps to clarify the didactic methods and the running of the various activities. Perfect for independent study and distance learning. Feedback is always appreciated!