Written by Marion B. Hoffman
Essentially a complete teacher's guide and novel unit, this LitPlan Teacher Pack includes lesson plans and reproducible student materials for Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt.
23 Daily Lessons
Short answer study questions
Multiple choice quiz questions
Vocabulary worksheets for each reading assignment
3 detailed writing assignments
Individual and group activities
Critical thinking discussion questions
5 unit tests (2 short answer, 2 multiple choice, 1 advanced)
Review puzzles & games
Bulletin board ideas
Reproducible student materials
A Few Additional Notes
There are three writing assignments in this unit, each with the purpose of informing, persuading, or expressing personal opinions. The detailed writing assignment sheets guide students through the assignments. For the first assignment students may write about their own lives, mirroring the kinds of information conveyed about the Tillerman children in the novel, or they may write about one of the Tillerman children, explaining why they do or do not admire that character. Either choice will encourage students to examine the text closely and to try to understand the characters better.
The second writing assignment comes at the time that Dicey Tillerman and her family have decided to leave Bridgeport and seek out their grandmother. Students are encouraged to give Dicey advice, (1) to return to Provincetown, (2) to stay in Bridgeport, or (3) to go on to Crisfield to find their grandmother.
The third writing assignment requires students to write to inform. Just as Dicey Tillerman is good at setting a course and reading maps, students are asked to choose something that they know how to do well and then tell an audience how to do it. Whatever process students choose, they will have to think through all of its steps and then convey the whole process to their audience.
The major class project is optional. Project Chesapeake Bay Country is an attempt to get students to move beyond the knowledge they acquire through reading the novel to gain firsthand understanding of a variety of facets of life on or near the Chesapeake Bay.
These materials are geared for whole class use but are very easily adapted for independent study work, lit circles or book groups, home school use, or tutoring. If you have never taught this book before, this manual will give you a great foundation of materials on a variety of levels. If you have taught this book before, you might like to know that many veteran teachers have told us they have found our LitPlan Teacher Pack manuals to be much more thorough and more helpful than other materials they have used.
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