by William Armstrong
Lesson plans and teaching resources
"I Have to Change!" The Role of the Adolescent in the Family
Scroll down to find 5 questions for discussing the novel. The larger unit involves 4 novels with a common theme.
Reading, Writing, and
Students will read Sounder and record reactions to each chapter of the novel in a journal. Students will work in a group to create questions which require critical thinking and literary analysis for one chapter of the novel. Students will lead a discussion of a selected chapter using prepared questions and notes. Students will define vocabulary words and complete an online activity using them. Students will participate in a video conference with a collaborating class. Students will write a letter to the editor defending an opinion of a literary character.
, William Armstrong
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Chapters I-II Worksheet
Students practice visualizing scenes, using multiple-meaning words, and making predictions.
Chapters III-V Worksheet
Students identify causes and effects, work with multiple-meaning words, find synonyms, and predict what will happen next.
Chapters VI-VIII Worksheet
Students complete a timeline and work with antonyms.
Imagery Graphic Organizer
Given a quotation, students identify the sensory images.
Allusion Graphic Organizer
Students explain allusions in the passages given.
Whole-Novel Discussion and Activities
4 discussion questions and 5 post-reading activities.
Multiple Choice Test
Summary, prereading activity that focuses on setting, a follow-up activity that asks students to analyze the impact of the historical context using primary sources and a graphic organizer. A second postreading activity asks students to create a visual representation of the farm.