Written by Mary B. Collins
Essentially a complete teacher's guide and novel unit, this LitPlan Teacher Pack includes lesson plans and reproducible student materials for Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.
18 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. In the first assignment, students write to inform. They write a "filler" for the newspaper. In the second assignment, students write to persuade Leo to accept Stargirl OR persuade Stargirl to find a better way to fit in with the group OR persuade you that Leo and Stargirl acted appropriately in the book and wouldn't need to be persuaded to do anything differently. The third writing assignment gives students the opportunity to do some creative writing by writing the plot summary for a sequel to the novel Stargirl.
Students are assigned to do a project with this unit. Students are members of the Sunflower Club, a club of students who pledges to do something nice each day for someone other than themselves. Students will try to keep this pledge and keep a list of what they did each day. After about two weeks, students will share their experiences with the class.
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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