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 Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse.
24 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. The first assignment, in Lesson Five, asks students to write from personal experience. They may write about their own lives, mirroring the kinds of information conveyed by Billie Jo Kelby in the novel, or they may write about Billie Jo herself, explaining why they would or would not like to have Billie Jo as their close friend. The second writing assignment, in Lesson Ten, asks that students write to inform. Here students have an opportunity to choose something that they do well and then to explain to an audience how to do the activity. The third assignment requires the students to exercise judgment, to set criteria for what is good and what is bad in their opinion, and then to argue that Out of the Dust is either a good or a bad book.
The major class project is optional. Project Modern Farming is an attempt to get students to move beyond the knowledge they acquire through reading the novel to gain firsthand understanding of the situation faced by farmers in America today. The project is geared to having students discover concerns that need addressing and then to address those concerns in meaningful ways.
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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