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Reading With Curious George

This is a unit for grades 1-3 about the stories about Curious George, the little monkey created by H. A. Rey.  The unit includes activity sheets for ten specific novels, generic sheets for any novel about Curious George and a series of twenty-four activity cards for language arts, creative writing and art.
Also included are suggestions for teaching the unit, a rubric for evaluation and tracking sheets. (98 pages) 
Novels are:
Curious George...And the Puppies,    Rides a Bike,   Gets a Medal,   Takes a Job,   Goes to School,   Visits the Library,   At the Baseball game,   Goes Camping,   Feeds the Animals

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Reading With Roald Dahl  for Grades 3 - 6

Roald Dahl's writing, with its cheeky attitude towards relations between children and adults, is popular with children who appreciate its sly humor.  This unit contains short novel studies of seven of his novels, together with a set of activity cards for vocabulary development, grammar and punctuation, creative writing, elements of the novel and integrated activities that can be used with any of his novels.
Also included are suggestions for using the unit, tracking sheets, a rubric for evaluation and an answer key.

 Novels are: George's Marvelous Medicine, The Twits, Esio Trot, The Witches, Matilda, Theg BFG, and Danny, Champion of the World
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Reading with Ramona    (Novels by Beverley Cleary)    for grades 4 - 6

This unit uses eight novels about Ramona Quimby by Beverley Cleary. The collection begins with Ramona at nursery school and ends with her beginning the fourth grade. 
Ramona's adventures have been favorites with young readers and they easily identify with the problems she encounters.  
The unit contains short novels studies for the eight novels, a series of activity cards to be used with any of the novels, together with suggestions for using the unit, evaluation and an answer key. (98 pages)


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Reading with Barbara Smucker   Grades 5-8
 
A series of activity cards for language arts, research and art to be used with six novels by Barbara Smucker.  The novels used are: Amish Adventure, Underground to Canada, White Mist, Days of Terror, Jacob's Little Giant and Incredible Jumbo.

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Reading With Jerry Spinelli 

This unit for grades 7-8-9, uses the novels of author, Jerry Spinelli to teach comprehension, grammar, punctuation, creative writing, research skills, art and drama.
Jerry Spinelli's novels appeal to adolescents through their realism and humor.  They are particularly recommended for students who show little enthusiasm for reading. The unit includes a teacher's resource package, novel studies for five novels and activity cards that can be used with any of  Jerry Spinelli's novels. (86 pages)
  
Novels are:  Maniac Magee, Crash, There's a Girl in my Hammerlock, Who Put That Hair in my Toothbrush, Space Station Seventh Grade.
        
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Reading With Eric Walters  

This unit for Grades 6-8, uses the novels of author, Eric Walters to teach comprehension, grammar, punctuation, creative writing, research skills, art and drama.
The unit consists of short studies for seven novels and a series of activity cards that can be used with any Eric Walters' novels.  Also included are suggestions for using the unit, rubrics for evaluation and an answer key. Eric Walters' novels are realistic, often using a blend of fictional and historical characters.  These included in the unit range from the biographical Ricky, to the historical Trapped in Ice.  (85 pages)
  
Novels are: Camp X, Northern Exposure, War of the Eagles, Stars, Ricky, Trapped in Ice, Run.

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The Holocaust

Includes:  The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, I Have Lived a Thousand Years, What World is Left, Surviving Hitler, Daniel's Story, Behind the Bedroom Wall, In My Enemies House.

This unit written for Grades 6-9 consists of activities for historical novels, autobiographies and biographies.  These vary in content and due to the  subject matter descriptions are very graphic. 
There are comprehension activities for each book, a section called Thinking About What You Have Read, and a list of activities ranging from mapping skills to creative writing, plus a selection of activity cards that can be used with any novel or biography.
Also included are suggestions for teaching the unit, tracking sheets, a rubric for evaluation with an evaluation sheet, and answer keys to the comprehension activities. (104 pages)

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Ten Timeless Classics 

Includes: Treasure Island,  Little Women, Oliver Twist,  Black Beauty, The Time Machine,  King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table,  The Three Musketeers,  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea,  Tom Sawyer and  Jane Eyre.

The novels have been selected to give a wide variety of authors and themes.
The unit consists of detailed activities for ten specific novels and one generic plan that can be used for any novel. The activities can be used with complete and abridged versions of the novel.
For each novel there is a list of main characters and an outline of the plot. Comprehension work at two levels, and activities.  Grades 6-9  (110 pages)
  

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More Timeless Classics

This unit, written for grades 6-9, contains more of the classics of literature: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Prince and the Pauper, A Tale of Two Cities, Around the World in Eighty days, The Count of Monte Christo and The Mutiny on the Bounty. 
 The novels provide a wide variety of themes and settings.  Mutiny on the Bounty is the autobiographical version written by William Bligh.
Included in the unit are vocabulary lists and a range of comprehension questions for each novel, and a collection of activity cards for creative writing, word study, grammar research art and drama.  (59 pages)  

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Simply Shakespeare

This unit for Grades 7-9 is intended to introduce students to to the life and plays of William Shakespeare using a series of activities that include research, discussion and drama.
Included in the unit are information sheets on life in Elizabethan times, activities to explain to students the language and plays of Shakespeare and a series of activity cards for independent or group work.
Also includes teaching suggestions, a list of resources and evaluation sheets. (70 pages)

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War and Conflict  
This unit for Grades 7-9, uses novels written for children and young adults to show the reality of war and its impact on both children and adults.
Included in the unit are worksheets on plot, setting and characterization, twelve individual novel studies, activity cards that can be used with any novel, record and tracking sheets, suggestions for using the unit and a list of novels on the topic of war.

Includes: Summer of my German Soldier, Johnny Tremain, The Red Badge of Courage, Hockey Bat Harris, My Brother Sam is Dead, The Fighting Ground, A Question of Loyalty, 1812-Jeremy and the General, The Spy in the Shadows, The 290, Turn Homeward Hannalee
Although the topic is war, the overall theme of the novels studied is that of achieving understanding and solving disagreements through peaceful methods.  (70 pages)
  

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Courage and Survival 

This unit written for grades 6 - 9, uses novels to show how people have shown great courage to survive catastrophes in their lives.
The novels used are set in time periods from the  Eighteenth to the Twentieth Centuries and tell of surviving an epidemic, a shipwreck, a plane crash, war and its aftermath and a volcanic explosion.
The unit consists of novel studies for seven novels, work sheets for comprehension, activities involving creative writing, research, history, geography, art and drama.  Also included are a set of activity cards that can be used for any novel pertaining to this topic.  The unit also contains suggestions for using the novels, evaluation sheets, a list of other novels that could be used and an answer key.   (75 pages) 

Includes: Robinson Crusoe, Fever 1793, Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Cay,  After the War, Hatchet, Memory Boy.  
 


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Classroom Drama from Classic Literature

This workbook for grades 7-10 contains  scripts adapted from four classic short stories together with various activities to be completed after reading the scripts.  Also included are suggestions for using the unit, tracking sheets, rubrics for evaluation, peer and self evaluation sheets and a complete answer key.  (60 pages)

The stories are:  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Ransom of Red Chief,  The Purloined Letter,  The Monkey's Paw.

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Science Fiction or Fantasy?

The unit for
grades 6 - 9 consists of short studies of novels written in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century by authors such as Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and Mary Shelley.
Such novels are considered classics and were probably considered fantasy at the time of their writing, but some are now considered the forerunners of today's science fiction.  Students are asked to consider in which genre they would put them.
The unit also contains a series of activity cards that can be used with any novel, suggestions for using the unit, evaluation sheets and an answer key. (63 pages)

Includes: War of the Worlds,  Frankenstein, Portrait of Dorian Gray, The Time Machine, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Invisible Man.

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A Cordial Invite from the Masters of Fright!!

The unit for grades 7-10 consists of a selection of poems and short stories to be read, dramatized and presented by the students.  Students also have the opportunity to write their own hair-raising story.

Included are: The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service,  To Build a Fire by Jack London,  The Raven  by Edgar Allan Poe,  The Monkey's Paw  by W. W. Jacobs,  An Ocurrence at Owl Creek Bridge  by Ambrose Bierce,   The Lottery  by Shirley Jackson,   The Legend of Sleepy Hollow  by Washington Irving.

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The Revolutionary War

This unit for grades 4 - 6, contains nine historical novels that give background knowledge of life during the Revolutionary War.  The novels range in reading and interest levels.  (99 pages)      
Novels are:  Changes for Felicity, Give me Liberty, George Washington's Sock, Hope's Crossing, Thomas, Toliver's Secret, The Secret Soldier, The Riddle of Pencroft Farm 


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The Stories of Patricia Polacco

This unit, written for grades 2 - 4, contains activities for seven of Patricia Polacco's novels.  The theme of many of her novels stresses how the characters face up to and overcome problems in their lives.
The activities include vocabulary and word study, various method of story mapping, comprehension, expressing opinions, creative writing, grammar and art. 

The Keeping Quilt, Thunder Cake, Mrs. Katz and Tush, Chicken Sunday, Thank You Mr. Falker,
The Bee Tree, Mrs. Mack.  
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Six of the Best (Newbery Medal Winners)

This unit is written to introduce students in Grades 4-6 to novels that have been awarded the Newbery Medal for Children's Literature.
The six novels selected are:
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Bridge to Terabit  by Katherine Patterson          
Sarah, Plain and Tall  by Patricia Maclachlan
The Door in the Wall  by Marguerite de Angeli
Dear Mr. Henshaw   by Beverly Cleary
Rabbit Hill  by Robert Lawson
These novels provide a wide variety of themes, settings, genres and writing styles.
Student work consists of word study, comprehension, creative writing, research, art and drama activities to accompany each novel.
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The Novel Approach: 
Book 1 Canadian History from 1670-1837

This unit for Grades 7 - 8 contains historical novels that tell of the life in New France, the contributions of the voyageurs, the immigration of the Loyalists, the lives of immigrants from Europe, the War of 1812, living in the city of York and the 1837 rebellion in Upper Canada (100 pages)    
Novels are: The King's Daughter, Another Shore, The Broken Blade, Escape: The Adventures of a Loyalist Family, Death Over Montreal, Fire Ship, The Bully Boys, The Boy With an R in his Hand, To hang a Rebel, Rebellion.

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The Novel Approach:  
Book 2 Canadian History from 1866 to 1910 
    
     
This unit for Grades 7 - 8 contains novels that tell of the events leading to Confederation, The Riel Rebellions, the Klondike gold rush, building the Trans Canada Railway, and the lives of new immigrants to Canada. (105 pages)
Novels are:  Spy in the Shadows, A Ribbon of Shining Steel, Soldier Boys, Battle Cry of Batoche, The Shanty Men of Cache Lake, The Secret of Sentinel Rock, Gold Fever Trail, Jason's Gold, Anne of Green Gables, The Shacklands. 

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The Novel Approach:  
Book 3 Canadian History  from 1910 to 1936
   
   

This unit for Grades 7 - 8 contains novels that tell of the First World war, the extreme drought in the prairie provinces and the effects of the Great Depression on rural and urban communities in Canada.  (93 pages)  
Novels are:  Home Child, Charlie Wilcox, The Hydrofoil Mystery, After the Dancing Days,
  A Prairie as Wide as the Sea, Summer of the Mad Monk, Blaines Way
        

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Ready, Steady, Read! Sports Stories for Boys by Jack Turner

A collection of fifteen novel studies about sports designed to interest boys who are reluctant to read. Grades 4 - 6  (116 pages)

 

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