This product is a comprehensive set of instructional materials for teaching Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed. With over 75+ Common Core aligned materials, students will develop their literacy skills while deeply engaging with the novel. Plus, the comprehension activity, the literary analysis resources, Pakistan historical and cultural readings and scrapbook activity, extension projects, vocabulary, assessments, and essays all provide opportunities for your students to practice and apply their learning. They also provide numerous ways for you to DIFFERENTIATE learning for your students, allowing you to choose the assignments that best support your students’ learning. In total, the suite includes 75+ resources to help you implement an engaging, rigorous ELA unit.
This resource is also technology friendly! It can be utilized in classrooms where computers or tablets are central to instruction because the resource has been adapted for digital completion. The resources include links for students to complete any work assigned, such as in-class tasks and assessments, online via Google Slides and Google Forms. For instance, students can work with the documents in Google Drive or via Google Classroom. With these links, you can have students complete their activities, assignments, and ALL ASSESSMENTS online. All they will have to do for the student pages is either create a text box or fill out a form! There are links for every student page and assessment, making the format friendly not only for technology but also trees.
The unit includes…
Pre-Reading Articles, Questions, and Pakistan Scrapbook Activity: The anticipation resources will generate excitement for a study of Amal Unbound. After building their background knowledge through the anticipation guide and nonfiction readings, students will then engage in a fun, informative scrapbook activity to deepen their understanding of Pakistan. Students will conduct research about various aspects of Pakistan, its history, culture, and society, and they will use the scrapbook to creatively document their learning. The activity will aid students’ comprehension by creating a foundation for understanding the the novel’s content and context. They will not be wondering about the references characters are making. They will already have the knowledge that allows them to deeply engage with the text.
Passport to Learning – Read Aloud and Comprehension Resources: With the “Passport to Learning”, students will deeply engage with the novel to develop a variety of reading and literary skills. These skills are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Plus, in mastering them, the passport provides a fun way for students to track their progress. They will see how repeatedly focusing on key skills helps them understand the novel while taking them on a fun learning journey. The lessons focus on a particular skill and have students engage with the novel to develop their literary proficiency in that skill. Assignments require students to use textual evidence to support their claims. As students complete the work and fill their passport, you will see their knowledge soar.
Literary Analysis and Discussion Questions: The 17 literary analysis assignments provide a framework for students to complete a deep analysis of each chapter set for Amal Unbound. Each assignment is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. They are designed not only to have students practice literary skills but also demonstrate their comprehension of the text. The literary analysis resources could supply homework, facilitate guided reading groups, or stimulate whole class literacy discussions for each chapter grouping. You can choose the purpose that best suits your students and your classroom.
The two projects dive deeper into the novel’s theme of literacy. The resources can be used to make connections between the text and the students’ world while promoting their agency. First, students will build their knowledge about literacy through the non-fiction readings. Then, students will make connections between the book and their own life by building a bookshelf for Amal filled with their personal recommendations for her. Next, the resources guide students through an advocacy project to raise funds for literacy organizations or participate in a book drive. By the end of these projects, students will have made numerous connections between Amal Unbound and the world, gained new perspectives about the importance of education, and had an opportunity to serve as an agent of change.
Assessment Resources: After students complete the chapter analysis, comprehension reading assignments, vocabulary assignments, and projects, they will know Amal Unbound inside and out. The Common Core aligned assessments will then help you measure your students’ comprehension of the text and their ability to apply the literary skills taught throughout the unit. The materials include 17 mini-quizzes, 3 comprehension quizzes, 1 final literary assessment, 1 novel quotes assessment, and essays.
Embedding Quotes in Writing: The writing resources will develop your students writing abilities. Through the structured and scaffolded lessons, your students will learn how to embed quotes in their writing then elaborate on them, both crucial skills for close-reading texts and generating text-dependent responses. The six mini-lessons introduce then focus on transitions, context, speaker, quote, and location. Once they are familiar with these components, students practice deploying each one in their own writing through scaffolded exercises. By the end of the lessons, students will be able to compose their own analytic paragraphs with embedded evidence.
Vocabulary: Teaching vocabulary is an important part of any lesson. The vocabulary resources will help students learn, acquire, and utilize new words for their writing and speaking. The vocabulary resources will engage students in varied activities to maximize their vocabulary’s expansion. The resources include materials to help teach challenging vocabulary words in Amal Unbound and build your students’ vocabulary knowledge. The materials provide opportunities for differentiation to suit the needs of the classroom.
The alignment guide provides a list of the resources and standards that have been woven into the fabric of that resource. The pacing guide outlines a suggested schedule of lessons, readings, and activities in order to complete a 6-WEEK study of Amal Unbound. The pacing guide may need to be adjusted to meet the rhythm of your classroom and needs of your students.