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 The Pinballs by Betsy Byars.
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 having students express personal opinions. The detailed writing assignment sheets guide students through the assignments. In the first assignment students will keep lists about themselves throughout the reading of the novel. This assignment is based on the lists one of the book characters devised. The second assignment is to persuade: students will try to convince Mrs. Mason, their foster mother, to allow them to obtain a puppy to cheer up Harvey. The third assignment is to inform: students are to select a topic of interest to them from the Seventies pop culture, research it, and write an article about it.
Another feature of this unit is the speaker day. This provides an extension of the theme of foster care. A professional in this field will be asked to share insight, law, and experiences on this topic.
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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