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Does anyone have any creative hands on ideas to supplement a book unit on this book and its themes? I'd like to finish my year doing this with my middle schoolers. I've already got vocabulary and writing prompts along with general literary terms, but would like to also include a collaborative hands on learning opportunity. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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MissMe 04-17-2013 11:00 AM

My students are loving this book so far and have shared so many insightful thoughts and opinions. I've heard them discussing it between classes and I've heard some of the best class discussions I've had with a book unit. I can't wait to try some of the projects.

CKathyteach 04-16-2013 11:23 AM

I just finished this novel with my 7th graders prior to Easter break. For a few years now I have done a newspaper project with them. Working in groups, they created a front page of a newspaper. Each student had to write his or her own article and then the group collaborated on the Headline story about TJ and the Mercantile robbery. They used publisher and added images. These projects always turned out great!

This year I am working with the Library Media Specialist and the students are creating movie trailers using iMovie on the iPads we recently purchased. After we discussed several themes found in the novel, each group selected a theme (we drew them out of a hat to be fair). Next each group had to create a trailer for a movie that has the same theme as the one they selected. They have story boarded out their ideas and began "filming" today. They are loving the project and I can't wait to see their final work.

Yodaqueen 04-15-2013 09:18 AM

A reader's theater type of thing would be good for students in middle school. Take a short excerpt from the book and have them act it out. Then change students to the opposite characters they had. You could even divide the class up and let different groups take turns doing different chapters.

MissMe 04-14-2013 11:57 AM

Does anyone have any creative hands on ideas to supplement a book unit on this book and its themes? I'd like to finish my year doing this with my middle schoolers. I've already got vocabulary and writing prompts along with general literary terms, but would like to also include a collaborative hands on learning opportunity. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!




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