Literature 2019/20

Dragons - Literature Session 2
Book: Frindle by Andrew Clements

Frindle is about words - their value, their power, and how they evolve.
This session, we will dive into vocabulary and dictionary skills.
We will also pay special attention to the character traits and development of the two main characters, Nick Allen and his teacher Mrs. Granger.

During class, we will be assembling a “Lap Book”. This will help us keep track of story elements, vocabulary, characters, and personal opinions about conflicts in the story.

Students are always encouraged to work on a Book Project at home.
More information and ideas will be communicated mid-session.
(If you did a Book Project for Session 1, it’s the same idea.)

This syllabus covers the basics.
Our lesson plans evolve, depending on the students’ interests and skills.
Please check the weekly Homework tab on the ODE website for more information during the session. There may be an occasional worksheet sent home for homework, along with the weekly Homework Bookmark.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions!
- Allison Andrews, Literature teacher

 

Week 1 (Nov. 8)
Bring your book to class.
We will be reading Chapters 1 & 2 together and identifying the two main characters.
Homework: Read Chapters 3, 4 & 5 and answer the questions on the Homework Bookmark that will be sent home.

Week 2 (Nov. 15)
Discuss Chapters 3, 4 & 5
Homework: Read Chapters 6, 7 & 8 and answer the questions on the Homework Bookmark that will be sent home.

Week 3 (Nov. 22)
Discuss Chapters 6, 7 & 8
Homework: Read Chapter 9 and answer the questions on the Homework Bookmark that will be sent home.

Thanksgiving Break - no ODE Nov. 29

Week 4 (Dec. 6)
Discuss Chapter 9
Homework: Read Chapters 10, 11 & 12 and answer the questions on the Homework Bookmark that will be sent home.

Week 5 (Dec. 13)
Discuss Chapters 10, 11 & 12
Homework: Read Chapters 13, 14 & 15 and answer the questions on the Homework Bookmark that will be sent home.

Holiday Break - no ODE Dec. 20 - Jan 3

Week 6 (Jan. 10)
Discuss Chapters 13, 14 & 15
Homework: Work on your Book Project (if you are doing one)

Week 7 (Jan. 17)
Work on Frindle Lap Books in class
Homework: Work on your Book Project (if you are doing one)

Week 8 (Jan. 24)
Present Book Projects
Complete Frindle Lap Books

 

Course Description

We will read one chapter book per Session.  We will use the theme of the book to inspire class discussion, projects, storytelling, writing and art work. We will also use the text to develop comprehension, identify character, setting & plot, and define vocabulary words using context clues.  Our main goal will be to connect with each story in a way that is fun, imaginative and meaningful to the class.
Books will be chosen keeping in mind that our students have varied interests and reading levels.
Each week, students will be asked to read an assigned number of chapters at home so that they will be able to participate fully in class discussions and activities.
While it is always nice to have an actual copy of a book, ebooks and audiobooks are fine as well.

 

Teacher: Allison Andrews

Allison has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Cornell College.  She has taught First Grade in both parochial and public schools.  For the past sixteen years she has been a stay-at-home parent to her two children.  Before coming to ODE, Allison spent many hours volunteering at her children's schools, being a Girl Scout mom, and teaching Sunday School classes.

This will be Allison's third year at ODE, where she started as a teaching assistant, and gradually began teaching Elementary Literature classes.  She enjoys creating Literature lessons that interact with a story's theme in many different ways, drawing from her experience as a classroom teacher and her love for good books.  Allison looks forward to  spending each Friday exploring great stories with the enthusiastic and creative kids at ODE.  She is spending the summer reading lots of books in preparation for a great year!

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