This product will be a comprehensive set of instructional materials for teaching Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park. With over 100+ Common Core aligned materials, students will develop their literacy skills while deeply engaging with the novel through this 6-WEEK unit. The fiction close reading activities, the literary analysis resources, nonfiction readings, paired texts, vocabulary, assessments, projects and essays will all provide opportunities for your students to practice and apply what will be their growing understanding of the novel. They also provide numerous ways for you to DIFFERENTIATE and ACCOMMODATE for all learners, allowing you to choose the assignments that best support your students’ learning while being conducive to all types of classroom models.
Snapshot of Resources Included in Unit:
30 Common Core Aligned Lesson Plans
21 Reading Response A (Comprehension) Assignments & 21 Reading Response B (Analysis) Assignments
21 Close Reading Assignments (literary skills-based) & 5 Whole Novel Analysis Assignments
19 Paired Texts & Questions – Nonfiction Readings, Historical Documents & More!
Vocabulary Resources – 5 Crossword Puzzles, 5 Practice Exercises, 5 Quizzes
Assessment Resources – 20 Mini-Quizzes, 2 Comprehension Quizzes, 3 Final Tests, Essay Choice Board
Project Choice Board & 1 Final Project
Anticipation Guide & 2 Anticipation Activities
Answer Keys for ALL applicable resources!
Googles Slides™ & Google Forms™ links for student pages!
Digital Compatibility: 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 if applicable, making the format friendly not only for technology but also trees.
Reading Response Resources: The comprehension and literary analysis resources for Linda Sue Park’s Prairie Lotus will give students repeated opportunities to practice essential literacy skills aligned to the Common Core State Standards. For every chapter, students will have to answer rigorous, text-based questions that assess not only their ability to comprehend but also their ability to analyze key events. With numerous options for implementation, the resource also allows for differentiation and can enable accommodation that will meet the needs of all learners. There are two sets of questions for each reading: Reading Response A (comprehension) and Reading Response B (analysis). The twin sets offer different levels of challenge for students to give you options for meeting the needs of all your learners. All 41 assignments include 8 questions that require close reading of the text, which means your students will always be practicing essential skills aligned to the CCSS.
Close Reading Resources & Graphic Organizers: Through the 26 close reading lessons and 5 whole novel analysis assignments, students will engage at a deeper level with Linda Sue Park’s novel Prairie Lotus. The resource provides them repeated opportunities to apply their understanding of essential literary elements. Its rigorous tasks also encourage close reading and the use of textual evidence. With numerous options for implementation, the resource also allows for differentiation and can enable accommodation that will meet the needs of all learners.
Paired Text Resources: The paired texts will build your students’ knowledge about the history of Chinese immigration to the United States, westward expansion and impact on First Nations, and aspects of everyday life in the late 19th century. As students engage with the readings, they will also practice key literacy skills aligned to the Common Core Standards, such as using textual evidence, identifying author’s purpose, and making inferences, to name just a few. They will also develop their critical thinking skills as they synthesize ideas across texts and make connections to Prairie Lotus. By the time students finish reading, writing, and analyzing these materials, they will have grown in their ability to think critically, consider new perspectives, and carry with them a deeper understanding of this complex history.
Assessment Resources: After students complete the chapter analysis, close reading assignments, vocabulary assignments, and projects, they will know the novel 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 20 reading checks, 2 comprehension and literary quizzes, 1 novel quotes test, 1 differentiated literary assessment, and essay choice board.
Vocabulary Resources: 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. With the 5 different vocabulary lists, 5 crossword puzzles, 5 vocabulary practice assignments, and 5 quizzes the resource allows for differentiation and flexible implementation.
Project Choice Board (Bonus Material): The project choice board provides students with a variety of assignments that will have them synthesize their learning across texts and situations, developing their critical thinking skills along the way. The choice board contains 9 distinct assignments all addressing themes of the novel but of variable difficulty. An assigned point total (1-3) indicates level of complexity. These themes were essential in the novel, Prairie Lotus, and deserve to be studied in-depth.
Final Novel Project (Bonus Material): The final project prompts students to take an inclusive stance towards history and draft a narrative that incorporates needed perspectives about it. Through the project, students will synthesize knowledge about their chosen marginalized group in order to create a piece of art that brings attention to the group’s history and highlights their contributions to the United States’ development in the 19th century. Using a piece of artwork that captures a mainstream historical narrative, students will expand the art’s borders to bring this marginalized perspective into view. A final art gallery viewing will help broaden all students’ perspective of U.S. history, emphasizing its diversity and expanding their understanding of it through cooperative learning.
Anticipation Resources (Bonus Material): The anticipation resources are designed to build students’ background knowledge and ignite their interest as they begin to engage with Prairie Lotus. Each activity will develop foundational understandings that will allow them to comprehend the novel, its setting, and its cultural references. Rather than wondering what is being referenced, they will already know. Through the anticipation guide, visualization activity, and a thoughtful lesson about handling insensitive language, students will have built the knowledge necessary for deeper engagement with the text as they start reading it.
Instructional Resources (Bonus Material): The unit implementation suggestions, standards-alignment guide, pacing guide, and 30 lesson plans will help you effectively plan and implement any and all components of the unit. They are the materials designed for you. (Editable)
Answer Keys: Every resource includes comprehensive answer keys! The keys provide potential answers for every activity, lesson, and question (where applicable). Of course, not all analytic questions have just one answer! Part of the strength of the analysis question is the room they leave for students to demonstrate their unique thinking and use textual evidence to support their stance. Therefore, use the answers at your discretion but know they provide a solid foundation for the type of performance that makes for quality work.
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