Summing Up the Plot is a convenient teacher’s guide to the selection, providing a bulleted, page-for-page summary. This will serve as a good memory aid as you return to the selection each time you teach it.
Getting Started is a springboard to the selection. An activity, a question, or intriguing information enables the teacher to generate broader student interest.
Blueprint for Reading
Into the Selection parallels textbook material and both clarifies and elaborates upon the discussion of theme. It serves as a guide to helping students analyze thematic content. Theme may be very difficult for many readers. This fuller explanation enables you to point to specific thematic elements in the selection.
Focus narrows attention to the featured literary component, and expands the discussion of writing, style, tone, and language. Here you will find insightful teaching hints and thoughtful questions. Focus helps your students understand the target skill being taught.
Literary Components is a strong lesson tool. Numbers in the margins of the selection text refer teachers to a listing and explanation of the literary component. The numbered, underlined text includes figures of speech, imagery, language, and style, as well as features such as point of view, plot, characterization, setting, atmosphere, foreshadowing, conflict, suspense, rising and falling action, climax, resolution, dialogue, diction, irony, humorous juxtaposition, literary reference, citing authority, and so forth. Often, the Literary Components serve as a way to explain a sophisticated point to the educator, so that in turn, it can be clearly explained to the student.
Guiding the Reading is a page-for-page listing of literal questions requiring factual recall of the text and analytical questions needing deeper reflection.
Studying the Selection
Recalling, Interpreting, and Concluding has detailed answers to the questions in the textbook. Helpful material is included for productive class instruction.
Examining directs the students to write short narratives that demonstrate an understanding of the literary components and the genre taught in the selection. Detailed suggested responses help guide the teacher in evaluating the student answer.
Thinking and Creating and Writing are challenging activities requiring both expository and creative writing grounded in the theme of the selection and its literary form.