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Grade 8: The Giver

Grade 8: "The Giver," by Lois Lowery

Focus Question:  How important is it for people to have choices in their lives?

Before reading the novel, students viewed a variety of images to record what they think they know about Utopias and Dystopias.

Then they watched two videos which featured utopias:

The Train scene from Zootopia  (Zoo creatures)The Big Rock Candy Mountain    (Stereotypical Hobo)Students recorded what they saw and then explained why the item made the utopia an ideal world for the occupants.
We formed a definition based on this info:
Utopia: A place, state, or condition that is ideally perfect in respect of politics, laws, customs, and conditions.

Next, we watched The Scarecrow and recorded what we saw and formed some questions about what we WANT to know:

We realized that there were many more characteristics found in a Dystopia that we were missing so we completed the chart below:

Students shared their ideas and used these ideas as a starting point:

Next we read "The…

Grade 9: "A Monster Calls," by Patrick Ness

"A Monster Calls," by Patrick NessFocus Questions: What monsters haunt us?  What might we learn from characters in stories to  help us deal with our personal monsters?

Before Reading the novel, students needed to know what a Yew Tree is so we read 2 articles to find out. See Below:
Students examined the two opposing points of view using a tug of war thinking strategy. We read each article and identified 3 tugs that make the following claim true and false.
CLAIM: Natural remedies are better for people than scientifically engineered ones.

Next, we answered a few questions about monsters using Lynda Barry's "What it is".  See image below:

We thought:
There were so many monsters in old stories because... we believed in themthey were used as warnings and teachingsthey are entertaining
We need monsters because... they give us a tangible way to cope with fears or problems
TRUE, where ever there are people, you will find stories of monsters... Different times call for differen…