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5 Week Story Writing
Book Club #5 - The Enormous Crocodile in Kenya (Creative Roald Dahl ELA)
In this 4-week course, students will discuss the setting (Kenya, Africa), compare the characters, have creative fun learning about literary techniques like alliteration, and learn about real crocodiles! ESL friendly!
Alaina Bell Gao
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Early readers are welcome! *Please indicate your child's reading and writing ability when you sign up so I can involve them appropriately in the class. We will read part of the story each week, as we discuss the setting, characters, plot, vocabulary, figurative language, and ending. I have tried to add realistic pictures of the animals, but especially of African children (as described in the story). Those who are able will be encouraged to read in class. Everyone will respond to the...
This class is taught in English.
My classes are largely focused on higher thinking skills. By engaging with the novel actively, the students will focus on characterization, plot structure, conflict, and themes, as they make connections between the novel and their lives. They will develop critical thinking skills and presentation skills. Ontario (Canadian) Curriculum: 1.4 demonstrate understanding of a variety of texts by summarizing important ideas and citing supporting details 1.5 make inferences about texts using stated and implied ideas from the texts as evidence 1.6 extend understanding of texts by connecting the ideas in them to their own knowledge, experience, and insights, to other familiar texts, and to the world around them 1.7 analyse texts and explain how specific elements in them contribute to meaning (e.g., narrative: characters, setting, main idea, problem/challenge and resolution, plot development 1.8 express opinions about the ideas and information in texts and cite evidence from the text to support their opinions 2.3 communicate in a clear, coherent manner, presenting ideas, opinions, and information in a readily understandable form 2.4 identify various elements of style – including alliteration, descriptive adjectives and adverbs, and sentences of different types, lengths, and structures – and explain how they help communicate meaning (e.g., alliteration and rhythm can emphasize ideas or help convey a mood or sensory impression) American Common Core Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions). CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1.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. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1.B Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1.C Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1.D Review the key ideas expressed and explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
Each day, the students will have some reading to do after class and they will complete a creative project. Lesson 1: Pages 1-5 Lesson 2: Pages 6-11 Lesson 3: Pages 12-17 Lesson 4: Pages 18-22
I will provide each student with a copy of what they need to read and do each week.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
The ending is not at all realistic and is very comical but this story revolves around a crocodile who wants to eat some children, so it may not be suitable for sensitive children. I will try to make it clear throughout that he will not be successful so the children do not become frightened.
Each student should have their own copy of The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl.
Alaina Bell Gao
Let's explore the world through literature, art, and social studies!
🇨🇦Lives in Canada
362 total reviews
173 completed classes
Hi! My name is Alaina Bell Gao, and I am an experienced Canadian English teacher with 15+ years of professional teaching experience. As a dedicated, creative, gentle, and patient neurodivergent teacher, many neurodiverse learners thrive in my...