Written by Janine H. Sherman
Essentially a complete teacher's guide and novel unit, this LitPlan Teacher Pack includes lesson plans and reproducible student materials for My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George.
20 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 sheet guides students through the assignments. The first assignment is writing to inform: students will draw from the information gained in their research on the Catskills to write a descriptive composition on the setting. The second assignment gives students the opportunity to express their personal ideas: students will apply the technique of flashback by composing their own personal autobiographical flashback. The third assignment is to give students a chance to persuade: students will assume Sam's identity and try to convince his parents to take the rest of the family home and allow him to remain on Bitter Mountain, alone and living off the land.
There is an optional class project (Project Survival) through which students can utilize and apply information learned through reading the novel to construct a wilderness survival guide.
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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