Lesson: Chapter 5 - The Author's Message

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to apply different learning techniques in regards to comprehension, character analysis, literary elements (character conflict, setting, plot, point of view), to make connections and reflections and to make inferences

Lesson Plan

Do Now:
What is a ritual?   What rituals or traditions do you have in your family?
(Teacher Says)
Today we will continue reading Ties That Bind, Ties That Break.  As we read Chapter 5, I want you to think about the theme, message and moral of this novel.  What is the author's purpose in writing this story.

Direct Instruction:
Have students read in groups or independently while teacher pulls a small group of students.

Guided Practice

After reading chapter 5, the teacher will lead a class discussion based on the questions that will stimulate interesting and educational conversation about the book.

  • How did things change in the family right after grandmother's death?
  • How were Ms. Scott and Ms. Gilbertson different?   Which one of them would you have preferred to have as a teacher and why?
  • What ideas does Ms. Gilbertson give to Ailin?   How does she inspire Ailin?
  • Why is Ailin's education in jeopardy?   Make some predictions about what you think will happen.

Independent Practice

Throughout the book you’ve been introduced to a variety of new vocabulary.  Use the Graphic Organizer  identify 6 new words to you by:

  • Defining The Word
  • Part of Speech
  • Using The Word in A Sentence
  • Drawing a Picture (optional)

Turn to the person next to you and use one of the vocabulary words in a sentence focusing on the  theme/moral of the novel.

Lesson Resources

Vocabulary Graphic Organizer   Vocabulary


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