The Fault in Our Stars – MTV Movie of the Year

The Fault In Our Stars Takes Movie Of The Year With Emotional Acceptance Speech

It made you laugh, cry (a lot), even visit your nearest bookstore to read the source material — and now it has the year’s biggest MTV Movie Award.

In his speech, John Green  spoke of the young cancer patient who inspired his novel, Esther Earl.

“I want to say thank you to my Esther Earl. Esther taught me that a short life can also be a good life,” he said. “That the lives of people who are living with illness or disability are just as interesting and complicated and beautiful and interesting as any other lives. Esther, I love you, I miss you, this is for you. Thank you all so much for supporting ‘The Fault In Our Stars.’”

John Green MTV Awards 2015

Esther can teach us all about valuing the lives of all people including all of our students. Perhaps this is why this story resonates with adolescent readers. We think it is an excellent book for high school students, and it is a way to connect with popular literature and media in the classroom. That’s why we’ve developed an excellent teacher resource for using the book in the classroom.

See John give his speech.

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The Fault In Our Stars Novel StudyThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green Novel Study Discussion and Activity Guide

The novel study for John Green’s novel, The Fault in Our Stars, includes a Discussion and Activity Guide, accompanying PowerPoint Presentation, a Literary Log for students, optional homework assignments, summative assessments and rubric, and bookmarks. The Discussion and Activity Guide is comprised of questions, prompts, and/or activities for each chapter and offers teaching suggestions, vocabulary, and suggestions for a variety of ways in which students might respond to prompts: Teacher-Led Discussion, Pair-Share, Write-Pair-Share-Class-Share, Individual Student Response, and Small Group Mini-Projects. Questions, prompts, and activities are designed to increase the relevancy of the novel and facilitate critical thinking. Many of the questions and prompts could be used for longer writing pieces or mini-projects. Teaching Notes are includes throughout the Discussion and Activity Guide—they are optional ideas or strategies to enhance teaching and learning.

Students like to talk and this guide engages and encourages discussion. It can be used with the whole class, small groups, individual students, or for teachers who choose to read aloud The Fault in Our Stars to students. An accompanying PowerPoint Presentation facilitates student activities and can be utilized by teachers or students. The Literary Log for students includes all the questions, prompts, and activities in both the Discussion and Activity Guide and PowerPoint Presentation. Graphics on both the PowerPoint slides and the Literary Log serve as visual clues; these graphics work especially well with students whose first language is not English or for students who are primarily visual. The Literary Log for The Fault in Our Stars can be used by a whole class as well as small group of students or individual students reading the novel independently.

There are nine optional homework assignments designed to enhance and extend the relevance of the novel. Homework assignments include: three Survey. Note. Conclude!; Self-Metaphor; Montage; Blog Entry; Obituary for Augustus; Author Analysis; and Word Analysis for Love.

Summative Assessments include 12 projects designed for a variety of learners as well as Blooming with Knowledge about The Fault in Our Stars, which includes 12 activities connected to Bloom’s Taxonomy. Each level includes two choices. You may elect to direct students to choose one activity from each level or allow students to choose any number of activities. The accompanying rubric can be used with both the Summative Assessments and Blooming with Knowledge. Reproducible bookmarks can be used to discuss bookmark quotes, form groups, or simply keep students’ place in the novel. Connections to best practice and the Common Core State Standards are included.

This product includes 4 files:

  • 42 page Discussion and Activity Guide for Teachers (PDF file)
    • 1 page alphabetical list of vocabulary words
    • 3 page group activity packet
    • 9 page Optional Homework Assignments
    • 3 page Summative Assessments and Rubric
    • 3 page Connections to Best Practice and Common Core Standards
    • 16 reproducible bookmarks with quotes from Fault
  • 37 page Literary Log for Students (PDF file)
  • 111 Slides PowerPoint Presentation (PowerPoint 2010 file)
  • 23 page PowerPoint Outline Teacher Guide (PDF file)

Grade Level Appropriateness: Grades 9-12

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Animal Farm Novel Study

Our newest product is out: Animal Farm Novel Study Discussion and Activity Guide. Animal Farm by George Orwell is a staple on middle and high school literature reading lists.Animal Farm Novel Study

If you haven’t read Animal Farm with your students you should. It is a great book to engage student interest and teach important concepts.

This novel study for George Orwell’s novel, Animal Farm, includes a Discussion and Activity Guide, accompanying PowerPoint Presentation, a Literary Log for students, optional homework assignments, summative assessments and rubric, animal cards for forming groups, and bookmarks. The Discussion and Activity Guide is comprised of questions, prompts, and/or activities for each chapter and offers teaching suggestions, vocabulary, and suggestions for a variety of ways in which students might respond to prompts: Teacher-Led Discussion, Pair-Share, Write-Pair-Share-Class-Share, Individual Student Response, and Small Group Mini-Projects. Questions, prompts, and activities are designed to increase the relevancy of the novel and facilitate critical thinking. Many of the questions and prompts could be used for longer writing pieces or mini-projects. Teaching Notes are included throughout the Discussion and Activity Guide—they are optional ideas or strategies to enhance teaching and learning.

Students like to talk and this guide engages and encourages discussion. It can be used with the whole class, small groups, individual students, or for teachers who choose to read aloud Animal Farm to students. An accompanying PowerPoint Presentation facilitates student activities and can be utilized by teachers or students. The Literary Log for students includes all the questions, prompts, and activities in both the Discussion and Activity Guide and PowerPoint Presentation. Graphics on both the PowerPoint slides and the Literary Log serve as visual clues; these graphics works especially well with students whose first language is not English or for students who are primarily visual. The Literary Log for Animal Farm can be used by a whole class as well as small group of students or individual students reading the novel independently.Animal Farm Literary Log 2

There are four optional homework assignments designed to enhance and extend the relevance of the novel. Homework assignments include: two Survey. Note. Conclude!, Motto & Maxim, and Battle of Cowshed Extension. The optional triad mini-project activities include Totalitarianism Triad, Chapter Analysis, and Exposé: Sugarcandy Mountain. There are 10 different animal cards that can be used to form student groups of three (triads).

Blooming with Knowledge about Animal Farm includes 12 activities connected to Bloom’s Taxonomy. Each level includes two choices. You may elect to direct students to choose one activity from each level or allow students to choose any number of activities. The accompanying rubric can be used with Blooming with Knowledge. Connections to best practice and the Common Core State Standards are included.

This product includes 4 files:

  • Animal Farm Discussion and Activity Guide PDF:
    • 12 page Discussion and Activity Guide for Teachers
    • 1 page alphabetical list of vocabulary words
    • 4 page triad mini-projects packet
    • 4 page Optional Homework Assignments
    • 2 page Blooming with Knowledge about Animal Farm and Rubric
    • 1 page of 10 animal cards for forming triads
    • 3 page Connections to Best Practice and Common Core State Standards
  • 15 page Literary Log for Students PDF
  • 56 Slides PowerPoint Presentation
  • Teacher Guide to PowerPoint PDF

Grade Level Appropriateness: Grades 8-11

We think you will love this book and appreciate this student-centered, best practice approach to using it in your classroom.

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Poetry Journal (April is National Poetry Month)

Ideas for National Poetry Month.

Introduce poetry to your students by reading poems aloud that they are interested in. Poems by Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein are all-time student favorites.

Ideas for sharing student poetry:

  • Have students keep a Poetry Journal.
  • Write poetry with your students and share all the poetry on a bulletin board or publish a class poetry book.
  • Introduce a new poem each day.
  • Have students create poetry collages.
  • Cut words from magazines to make poetry posters.
  • Consider having a poetry slam, a “competition” at which poets read or recite original work.
  • Host a poetry café and invite parents. (Serve hot chocolate.)
  • Video students reading their poetry.
  • Include music. Remember lyrics are poems.poetry journal

Celebrate with our Poetry Journal.

Our Poetry Journal for the Classroom  includes a reproducible student poetry journal, a variety of poetry forms, sample poems, practice pages, and final student poem pages.

The Student journal includes:

• Auto-Bio Poem
• Five Sense Poem
• Haiku Poem
• Cinquain Poem
• Diamante Poem
• Acrostic Poem

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Poetry Resources

April is National Poetry Month

Check out these great resources for Poetry Month.

From Surviving to Thriving

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Poems are like messages in a bottle sent out with little hope of finding a recipient. Those of us who find and read poems become their unknown addresses.

From How to Read a Poem (and Fall in Love with Poetry)

by Edward Hirsch Poetry Foundation

As I prepared for today’s post, I again realized I am not as poetic as I would like. I am not as comfortable as I would like to be in my appreciation or teaching of poetry. I know that it is an essential part of who we are. It tells our histories, our dreams, and our secret aspirations, but most importantly it is a creative tool to communicate all of the above.

While we hope that poetry is appreciated in your classroom throughout the year, April is a reminder that our children deserve an opportunity to learn to love poetry.

Have a great day!

Linda

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Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla Read-Aloud Guide

 

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Ivan: the Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla Read-Aloud Guide (NONFICTION)

The packet includes Pre-Reading activities, a Pre and Post-Reading Vocabulary activity, During-Reading activities with prompts focusing on quotes and illustrations, and After-Reading activities that include ideas for extensions and differentiation. Activities are intentionally designed for students to communicate their ideas and knowledge in a variety of ways including writing, researching, illustrating, proposing, and presenting. The packet includes implementation plans, student handouts, and connections to Common Core Standards and Best Practice. Reproducible student bookmarks can be used as prompts for writing, and Ivan grouping cards can be used for forming student groups.

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla is a nonfiction picture book that tells the real story of The One and Only Ivan.ivan2

Appropriate for Grades 3-5

  • Pre-Reading Activities
  • During-Reading Activities
  • Pre-Reading Vocabulary Activity
  • After-Reading Vocabulary Activity

After-Reading Student Activities include:

  • Making a Timeline of Ivan’s Life
  • Ivan Mapping Activity
  • Advocacy, Protests, and Petitions
  • Illustrations in Nonfiction Literature
  • Research Project
  • Ivan’s Story Cube

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    Ivan Story Cube

  • Suggested Resource List
  • Ivan Grouping Cards
  • Ivan Bookmarks
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Connections to Best Practice

The Fault in Our Stars Novel Study

Our Newest Product: The Fault in Our Stars Novel Study

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We love reading all kinds of books and are big fans of John Green.

Green’s novel is elegantly plotted, and as sad in places as one might expect a book about adolescent cancer to be. But it’s also brimming with joy. Hazel and Augustus have a zeal for living and for each other that, cancer or not, is rare, and it’s a delight to see their plans unfold and relationship flourish even as they both face death.

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He writes for youth, rather than to them, and the difference is palpable. He doesn’t dumb anything down. His language is complex, his syntax adult. NPR.org

 

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The novel study for John Green’s novel, The Fault in Our Stars, includes a Discussion and Activity Guide, accompanying PowerPoint Presentation, a Literary Log for students, optional homework assignments, summative assessments and rubric, and bookmarks. The Discussion and Activity Guide is comprised of questions, prompts, and/or activities for each chapter and offers teaching suggestions, vocabulary, and suggestions for a variety of ways in which students might respond to prompts: Teacher-Led Discussion, Pair-Share, Write-Pair-Share-Class-Share, Individual Student Response, and Small Group Mini-Projects. Questions, prompts, and activities are designed to increase the relevancy of the novel and facilitate critical thinking. Many of the questions and prompts could be used for longer writing pieces or mini-projects. Teaching Notes are includes throughout the Discussion and Activity Guide—they are optional ideas or strategies to enhance teaching and learning.

Students like to talk and this guide engages and encourages discussion. It can be used with the whole class, small groups, individual students, or for teachers who choose to read aloud The Fault in Our Stars to students. An accompanying PowerPoint Presentation facilitates student activities and can be utilized by teachers or students. The Literary Log for students includes all the questions, prompts, and activities in both the Discussion and Activity Guide and PowerPoint Presentation. Graphics on both the PowerPoint slides and the Literary Log serve as visual clues; these graphics work especially well with students whose first language is not English or for students who are primarily visual. The Literary Log for The Fault in Our Stars can be used by a whole class as well as small group of students or individual students reading the novel independently.

There are nine optional homework assignments designed to enhance and extend the relevance of the novel. Homework assignments include: three Survey. Note. Conclude!; Self-Metaphor; Montage; Blog Entry; Obituary for Augustus; Author Analysis; and Word Analysis for Love.

Summative Assessments include 12 projects designed for a variety of learners as well as Blooming with Knowledge about The Fault in Our Stars, which includes 12 activities connected to Bloom’s Taxonomy. Each level includes two choices. You may elect to direct students to choose one activity from each level or allow students to choose any number of activities. The accompanying rubric can be used with both the Summative Assessments and Blooming with Knowledge. Reproducible bookmarks can be used to discuss bookmark quotes, form groups, or simply keep students’ place in the novel. Connections to best practice and the Common Core Standards is included.

This product includes:
• 42 page Discussion and Activity Guide for Teachers (PDF file)
• 1 page alphabetical list of vocabulary words
• 3 page group activity packet
• 9 page Optional Homework Assignments
• 3 page Summative Assessments and Rubric
• 3 page Connections to Best Practice and Common Core Standards
• 16 reproducible bookmarks with quotes from Fault

• 37 page Literary Log for Students (PDF file)
• 111 Slides PowerPoint Presentation (PowerPoint 2010 file)
• 23 page PowerPoint Outline Teacher Guide (PDF file)

Grade Level Appropriateness
Grades 9-12

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The book was inspired by the  real life story of Esther Earl. The Girl Who Inspired the Fault in Our Stars Her parents have started The Stars Won’t Go Out Foundation and have published a collection of Esther’s writings, “This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life & Words of Esther Grace Earl.”

This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl

Gr 7 Up—Through letters, journal entries, blog posts, stories, poems, and drawings, readers get to know the life and times of Esther Grace Earl, the young woman to whom John Green dedicated The Fault in Our Stars (Penguin, 2012). Although she died from cancer in 2010 at only 16, Esther (known affectionately as “Star” by her family) was a prolific writer, a “nerdfighter,” a “Harry Potter” enthusiast, and a deeply spiritual person. She inspired—and continues to inspire—several online communities and a dedicated Internet fan base. This unique title will be appreciated by fans of John Green and those looking for an uplifting and emotional tear-jerker.—Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal

We Love Ivan

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been working on a new teacher resource for Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate.  This is the nonfiction picture book followup to the novel, The One and Only Ivan . . .  which we absolutely loved. We are excited about the new picture book too!!

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In spare, powerful words and evocative illustrations, Newbery medalist Katherine Applegate and artist G. Brian Karas present the extraordinary real story of a special gorilla.

Captured as a baby, Ivan was brought to a mall in Tacoma, Washington, to attract shoppers. Gradually, public pressure built until a better way of life for Ivan was found at Zoo Atlanta. From the Congo to America, and from a local business attraction to a national symbol of animal welfare, Ivan the Shopping Mall Gorilla traveled an astonishing distance in miles and in impact.

This is his true story. Photographs of Ivan are included in the back matter.

Houghton Mifflin http://hmhbooks.com/ivan/

I discovered an awesome resource on the Ivan website. The We Love Ivan section provides a forum for classrooms to share projects they have created to celebrate Ivan and his legacy. Share your #WELOVEIVAN stories and pictures and see what other classrooms are doing.

Katherine Applegate tells the true story of Ivan in her new picture book

If you haven’t read The One and Only Ivan in your classroom, you should. Check out our Ivan  Novel Study and Unit Plan on TPT ,and NOW our newest product is available on TPT, Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla Read-Aloud Guide.

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I have previously written about the uses of Twitter in education.  I’m a big fan. Have you noticed your students are big fans too?

Use this twitter activity to brainstorm or formatively assess student learning. Our Twitter Activity includes directions and Twitter templates to use with students. This activity can be used as an Exit Slip to create a classroom visual. This product is a zip file which includes a PDF with directions and an editable Word 2010 Twitter Card document.twitter1

 

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The One and Only Ivan Novel Study and Unit Plan

The One and Only Ivan is one of our favorite books. I’ve written about it before in Five Reasons to Read The One and Only Ivan in Your Classroom.

Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller, this stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point-of-view of Ivan himself.

Harper Collins Children’s Books

The One and Only Ivan Novel Study Unit Planivan

Overview of the Unit
The unit plan for The One and Only Ivan, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal, is designed to engage students. Students are provided opportunities to analyze settings, identify, describe and analyze characters and their relationships, determine emerging themes, and use text references and quotes to infer meaning. The unit employs multiple delivery modalities, facilitates students’ cognitive thinking skills, and uses a constructivist approach to teaching and learning. Lesson plans are student-centered and are ready to implement.

Time Frame
This unit is planned as a 3½ week unit, however, it is easily adaptable to 4 to 6 weeks.

Grade Level Appropriateness
Grades 3-6 grade

Unit Includes:
• Instructional Schedule for Unit Plan
• 12 Lesson Plans with instructional guide and reproducible student handouts
• Introducing the Novel Lesson
• Setting Analysis Lesson
• Character Analysis Lesson
• Ivan-isms Lesson
• Habitats, Groups, and Offspring Lesson
• Pair Read Aloud & Prediction Lesson
• Friendship Lesson
• Ivan’s Letters Lesson
• Novel Quotes Lesson
• Ivan’s Many Families Lesson
• Pair Read Aloud and Face-to-Face Slide-By Lesson
• Ivan’s Billboard Lesson
• Summative Assessment w/Rubric
• 1 (19 page) Reproducible Student Literary Log
• 16 Reproducible Student Bookmarks
• Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts that Connect to the Unit
• Best Practice Research that Relates to the Unit
• Unit PowerPoint to Guide Daily Lessons w/Teacher Guide
• Formative Assessment PowerPoint (includes 3 quizzes) w/Teacher Guide and Answer Key

1 – PDF (116 page) Unit Plan
• 1 – Unit Plan PowerPoint (101 slides) to Guide Daily Lessons
• 1 – PDF Teacher Guide to Unit Plan PowerPoint
• 1 – PowerPoint (48 slides) for Formative Assessment Game (includes 3 quizzes)
• 1 – PDF Teacher Guide and Answer Key to Formative Assessment Game

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Our Most Popular Product: Wonder Novel Study Discussion & Read-Aloud Guide

auggieThis is our most popular product and we absolutely love this book!

The novel study for Wonder by R. J. Palacio, includes a Discussion and Read-Aloud Guide, accompanying PowerPoint Presentation, a Literary Log for students, and bookmarks. The Discussion and Read-Aloud Guide is comprised of questions and prompts for each chapter and offers teaching suggestions, vocabulary, and prompts for students with suggestions for a variety of ways in which students might respond to these prompts: Teacher-Led Discussion, Pair-Share, Write-Pair-Share-Class-Share, and Individual Student Response. Prompts are designed to increase the relevancy of the novel and facilitate critical thinking. Many of the prompts could be used for longer writing pieces or mini-projects.

Students like to talk and this novel study engages and encourages discussion. It can be used with the whole class, small groups, individual students. An accompanying PowerPoint Presentation facilitates student activities and can be utilized by teachers or students. The Literary Log for students includes all the prompts and activities in both the Discussion Guide and PowerPoint Presentation. Graphics on both the PowerPoint slides and the Literary Log serve as visual clues; works especially well with students whose first language is not English. The Literary Log for Wonder can be used by a whole class as well as small groups of students or individual students reading Wonder independently. Reproducible bookmarks can be used to discuss bookmark quotes, form groups, or simply keep students’ place in the novel.

ZIP File Contents: PDF and PowerPoint 2010 file
(PDF file includes Teacher Read-Aloud Guide, Student Literary Log, PowerPoint Outline, & Student Bookmarks. PowerPoint 2010 file includes Student Response Prompts.)

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  • 35 page Literary Log for prompts that indicate writing
  • 2 page (8 bookmarks) Reproducible student bookmarks
  • 33 page PowerPoint Outline
  • 162 Slide PowerPoint Presentation

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