ELA 6-8 Roll of Thunder Ch. 9

ELA 6-8 Roll of Thunder Ch. 9

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis...
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Essential and guiding questions: 

Text-Dependent Questions: 

  • Comprehension: Vocabulary – The author states, “that oak and walnut, they’re a lot bigger and they take up more room and
  • give so much shade they almost overshadow that little ole fig.” Overshadow means to be more important or significant by
  • comparison. How does the author use this as a comparison to life for the family?
  • Significance: How does the example of the fig tree emphasize the story’s theme of never giving up?
  • Interpretive: In the first paragraph, what is Papa saying to Stacey? Discuss your answers using evidence from the text.
  • Analytic: The author changes the dialogue in the last two paragraphs by changing the character to which Papa is speaking. What evidence does the author provide that shows a change in dialogue?
  • Analytic: How does the author let you know that life for this family must be difficult? Cite evidence from the text to support your answer.
  • Analytic: How could the author have said things more clearly to Cassie? How would that have changed the way that Cassie viewed Papa’s lesson of never giving up?

Activity/Task Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Differentiation suggestions: 

Scaffolding and support for special education students, English language learners, and struggling readers:

Extra support for SPED, ELLs, and struggling readers can be provided by reading aloud the text, additional vocabulary support, opportunity for classroom discussion on the issues addressed, providing an outline, and ongoing assessment and feedback.