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English

Book Club #4: Drama, Art, Language & Writing Activities (Beginner Chapter Books)

Pick a creative activity for our book of the week (Yasmin, Sadiq, Katie Woo, Dragon Masters, Nate the Great, Mindy Kim, Zoey & Sassafras, Jasmine Toguchi, Mia Mayhem...) to learn about the characters, setting, plot, conflict, and themes!
Alaina Bell Gao
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40 minutes
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6-9
year olds
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per learner

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Class Experience

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.1.A
Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.

The activities in this class are designed to address the grades 1 to 3 literature, foundational, and writing ELA standards as listed below.

ACTOR

1) Act out the story with puppets, toys, props, or yourself using different voices for the various characters.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.2
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.2
Recount stories . . . from diverse cultures . . .
*Fables, folktales, and myths are not included in this class.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.6
Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.

2) Add different voices and sound effects as you read the story dramatically and record it.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.6
Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.3.4.B
Read grade-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.5
Create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual displays when appropriate to emphasize or enhance certain facts or details.

3) "Become" a character with a costume and their voice and way of speaking.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.3
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.6
Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.

4) Become a news reporter and interview the characters. Have a partner answer as the character or answer the questions yourself.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.1
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.1
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.6
Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.1
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

5) Record or tell a story that happened to you that is similar to the book. Add details to make your story interesting!
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.4
Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

ARTIST

6) Make a character mind map or heart map.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3
Describe characters . . . using key details.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.3
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events

7) Retell the story tracing the characters' emotions with emoji art.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.2
Recount stories . . . 
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.3
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events

8) Draw a comic showing how the character faced and solved their largest conflict. Add a panel to show how they felt after this.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

9) Make an illustration, map, or model of the setting.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3
Describe . . . settings . . . in a story, using key details.

10) Draw and label the story mountain with suitable symbolic pictures for the beginning, conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, and conclusion.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.5
Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

11) Draw a picture for each chapter to show how each one adds onto the story and how they connect together.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.5
Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.

LINGUIST

12) Choose the most powerful and interesting words and create a word art collage.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4
Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.4
Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

13) Find repeated beginning sounds (alliteration), repeated words, or repeated phrases, and use them in a creative project like a song or a poem.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.4
Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

14) Find some creative language that has a deeper meaning, and use it in a creative project.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.4
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.

15) Find descriptive words and phrases that help you to imagine the scene with your imagination, and use them in a creative project.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4
Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

16) Find as many words as you can with the following suffixes: -ing, -er, -est, -ful, -less, -y, -ly, -er, and -or. Compare them and decide what these endings mean.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.2.3
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.3.3.B
Decode words with common Latin suffixes.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.3.3
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

17) Find as many words as you can with the following prefixes: un-, re-, dis-, and -in. Compare them and decide what these beginnings mean.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.2.3
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.3.3.A
Identify and know the meaning of the most common prefixes and derivational suffixes.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.3.3
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

WRITER

18) Help another character retell the story in a poem or a short story.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.3
Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.3
Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.6
With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.

19) Imagine yourself in the book. What would you do?
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.3
Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.3
Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.6
With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.

20) Write a song, poem, or character journal entry about the book.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.3
Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.6
With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.

21) Write your opinion about the character's decisions. Would you make the same choices? Why or why not?
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.1
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.1
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.

22) Write an article teaching about a topic in the book. List any websites or books you use at the end.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.2
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.2
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.7
Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.7
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.8
Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.

23) Research some details about something in the book to add some more details or description.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.2
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.2
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.7
Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.7
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.8
Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.

DETECTIVE

24) Use the clues in the pictures to make conclusions about the characters, setting, plot, and mood.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7
Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

25) Compare the pictures with the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7
Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

MUSICIAN

26) Choose or write a theme song about a big idea in the book, like friendship, kindness, determination, family, identity, or culture.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.2
Determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.

THINKER

27) Compare and contrast two characters and their experiences.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.9
Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.

28) Make a connection between your life and the character's life.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.8
Recall information from experiences . . .

29) Brainstorm other ways of dealing with the problems in the story.

30) Describe the storyteller. How are they different and the same as the other characters and you?
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.6
Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.6
Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.

31) Compare the messages about a big idea, like friendship, in this book with another book written by the same author.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.2
. . . determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.9
Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series)

32) Compare the storyline (plot) in this book with another one written by the same author. Track the patterns, similarities, and differences.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.9
Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series)

33) Compare a big idea in the book, like friendship, with your experiences.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.2
. . . determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.2
Determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.

34) Choose a story that is very similar to this one and compare them.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.9
Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.
*This is not a perfect match.
Each learner should read the story before class, so they will be ready to complete the activity in class.
Each learner is responsible for obtaining a copy of the book of the week and reading it at home before class. Basic supplies like paper, a pencil, coloured pencils, scissors, and glue will be useful for the activities, but there is a wide range of choices and no supplies are required. SCHEDULE: The Week of July 24th - Zoey and Sassafras: The Pod and the Bog The Week of July 31st - Sadiq and the Bridge Builders The Week of August 7th - Mia Mayhem Learns to Fly! The Week of August 14th - Mindy Kim and the Big Pizza Challenge The Week of August 21st - Yasmin the Writer The Week of August 28th - Tales from Deckawoo Drive: Stella Endicott and the Anything-Is-Possible Poem The Week of September 4th - The Secret Explorers and the Comet Explosion The Week of September 11th - The Questioneers: Sofia Valdez and the Vanishing Vote The Week of September 18th - Ada Lace, on the Case The Week of September 25th - Mindy Kim and the Fairy-Tale Wedding The Week of October 2nd - Zoey and Sassafras: Grumplets and Pests The Week of October 9th - Dragon Masters: Power of the Fire Dragon The Week of October 16th - The Secret Explorers and the Plant Poachers The Week of October 23rd - Tales from Deckawoo Drive: Eugenia Lincoln and the Unexpected Package The Week of October 30th - The Notebook of Doom: Day of the Night Crawlers The Week of November 6th - Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen The Week of November 13th - Dragon Masters: Song of the Poison Dragon The Week of November 20th - Zoey and Sassafras: Bips and Roses The Week of November 27th - The Secret Explorers and the Smoking Volcano The Week of December 4th - Tales from Deckawoo Drive: Franklin Endicott and the Third Key The Week of December 11th - Dragon Masters: Flight of the Moon Dragon The Week of December 18th - The Secret Explorers and the Missing Scientist The Week of January 8th - Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and Other Tourist Attractions The Week of January 15th - Jasmine Toguchi, Drummer Girl The Week of January 22nd - Lola Levine Meets Jelly and Bean The Week of January 29th - The Questioneers: Ada Twist and the Disappearing Dogs The Week of February 5th - Jada Jones: Rock Star The Week of February 12th - Zoey and Sassafras: Wishypoofs and Hiccups
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40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.

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Alaina Bell Gao
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Lives in Canada
Let's explore the world through literature, art, and social studies!
344 total reviews
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Hi! My name is Alaina Bell Gao, and I am an Ontario-certified (Canadian) English teacher with 15+ years of professional teaching experience.

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