The John Steinbeck Theme Pack Includes:
- The Grapes of Wrath LitPlan
- The Grapes of Wrath Puzzle Pack
- Of Mice and Men LitPlan
- Of Mice and Men Puzzle Pack
- The Pearl LitPlan
- The Pearl Puzzle Pack
- Travels With Charley LitPlan
- Travels With Charley Puzzle Pack
Try Something A Little Different!
Theme Packs give you the LitPlan Teacher Packs and Puzzle Packs for three or four books related by theme.
- Differentiate instruction by allowing students to choose which of the books on the theme that seems most interesting to them or choose books for your students based on reading ability.
- In most cases, the titles offered in a Theme Pack have “easier” and “harder” selections or titles that are in different formats (play vs. novel or lower reading level vs higher reading level, for example), providing more opportunities for differentiated instruction.
- Broaden your thematic discussions by examining different facets of the theme and the ways the theme is presented in different books.
You can teach several books at once within one class because the LitPlans and Puzzle Packs give you all the resources you need for each book.
How It Works
One way to do this is to create student workbooks from the LitPlan study guides, writing assignments, etc. (include whatever you want) for each book and make the appropriate number of copies for the students in each book group.
Monitor the groups' progress and assess each student's reading comprehension occasionally using the Multiple Choice Questions as quizzes.
If you have given each group discussion questions, try to have them hold major discussions on different days so you can be a part of the discussions--to monitor and guide.
Monitor students as they work their way through their student packets in their groups. Collect any writing or other assignments you have given them throughout the unit.
When the groups have finished their working sessions, spend a few class periods comparing and contrasting the books, especially with regard to the theme. What does each author seem to be saying about the theme?
You can do all kinds of things with this: small group discussions, theme projects, writing or research assignments--anything you want, really, depending on the theme.
Or you can devise your own way of using the many resources provided in the Theme Pack!
Theme Packs Are GREAT For:
- Classroom Book Groups
- Literature Circles
- Homeschool Groups
- Book Clubs
- or just to get several LitPlans and Puzzle Packs at a great price!