This product is a comprehensive set of instructional materials for teaching Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. With these Common Core aligned materials, students will develop their literacy skills while deeply engaging with the novel. Plus, the literary analysis resources, critical consciousness activities and discussions, fiction close readings, West Africa and Yoruba historical and cultural readings and activities, 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 100+ resources to help you implement an engaging, rigorous ELA unit. The set includes:
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 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.
Children of Blood and Bone: Literary Analysis, 30 Assignments with Answer Key: The 30 literary analysis assignments provide a framework for students to complete a deep analysis of each chapter set for Children of Blood and Bone. 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.
Fiction Close Reading Resources: The 30 fiction close reading lessons explicitly focus on critical Common Core State Standards to develop students’ literary proficiency. Using the novel as the foundational text for close reading, each lesson focuses on a particular skill and provides students an opportunity to develop and demonstrate their ability to perform that skill. Each assignment also requires students to use textual evidence to support their claims. 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.
Critical Consciousness Discussion Resources: The novel Children of Blood and Bone takes on some difficult themes and topics. From racism to classism, to colorism, the characters confront these issues in the fantastical world of Orïsha. But As the author states in the Author’s Note, “Although riding giant lionaires and performing sacred rituals might be in the realm of fantasy, all the pain, fear, sorrow, and loss in this book is real.” (526) The critical consciousness resources will help your students explore these important themes the author does not want forgotten. These resources – a series of structured activities and discussions – offer a thoughtful approach for encountering them and treating them with care.
Nonfiction Readings and Activities: The nonfiction articles will help your students understand the key settings and time periods that shape the novel. Articles on West Africa and Yoruba history and culture will aid students’ comprehension by providing background knowledge about the context that shapes the novel. While building their knowledge with these resources, students will be tasked with synthesizing information across the novel and these texts. In doing so, the extension activities provide additional opportunities for students to develop essential critical thinking skills.
Novel Projects: The novel projects provide three different avenues for students to engage at a deeper level with the novel and its content. The projects include an examination of the archetypal hero’s journey, a reflection on the novel’s impact on the students’ own perceptions of themselves and their world, and a structured guide for studying then implementing a plan for making positive change in the world. As they complete these projects, students will develop important academic habits, such as critical thinking, writing for an audience, and time and self-management.
Anticipation Resources: The Anticipation resources will help generate excitement around a study of Children of Blood and Bone. They will aid students’ comprehension by providing information about the structure of the novel’s events and engaging students in activities that will help build background knowledge. Rather than wondering about what characters are talking about, they will have already developed an understanding that allows for deeper engagement with the text.
Children of Blood and Bone: Assessment Bundle, Quizzes, Tests, Essays, Key: After students complete the chapter analysis, close reading assignments, vocabulary assignments, and projects, they will know Children of Blood and Bone 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 30 mini-quizzes, 4 comprehension quizzes, 1 final literary assessment, 1 map literary assessment, and essays.
Vocabulary Resources: Teaching vocabulary is an important part of any lesson. The vocabulary resources will help students learn, acquire, and utilize new words in their writing and speaking. The vocabulary resources will assist students in building their own vocabulary and engage them in varied activities to maximize their vocabulary’s expansion. The resources include materials to help teach frequently used and/or challenging vocabulary words in Children of Blood and Bone and build your students’ vocabulary knowledge. The materials provide opportunities for differentiation to suit the needs of the classroom.
CCSS Alignment and Pacing Guide: The alignment guide provides a list of the resources and the standards that are weaved 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 Children of Blood and Bone. The pacing guide may need to be adjusted to meet the rhythm of your classroom and needs of your students.