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6th Grade: The Prince & the Pauper (play)


Have you ever wished that you could switch places with someone else?  The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain is the story of a poor boy and a wealthy prince who switch places.

Read the digital version of the play here: The Prince & the Pauper

Watch a short film version here: Wishbone: The Prince & the Pauper

7th Grade: A Christmas Carol (play) — Victorian England Guided Research WebQuest

We will be reading the play A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens!  Please visit the following websites in order to learn more about the play and the setting of A Christmas Carol.   Read and view the materials at each site and answer the questions on the handout provided.

  1. The Origins of A Christmas Carol
  2. Street Life in London in the 19th Century
  3. Victorian Houses and Where Victorians Lived
  4. Inside Victorian Houses
  5. Poverty and Families in the Victorian Era
  6. A Christmas Carol Film Trailer (1938)
  7. Charles Dickens – An Animated Biography
  8. Can You Survive Victorian London?  Play this Game and Find Out!

Here’s a link to a digital copy of the play from our textbook: A Christmas Carol

Leave a comment below about one important or interesting thing you learned from reading and viewing these materials.



In Search of Pompeii (6th Grade – Informational Text)

In Search of Pompeii is an informational article about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and its impact on the city of Pompeii, Italy.  While reading this article, pay attention to the key details in the text and see if you can determine the main idea.

You can read the article online here: In Search of Pompeii

pompeii city

7th Grade Story Study: Thank You, Ma’am

In our next reader’s workshop, we will be looking at the different types of conflict and studying the conflicts in a story.  Here is a link to the story that we will be studying in class:    Thank You, Ma’am by Langston Hughes

Here is an audio version of the story:   Thank You, Ma’am audio version

Also, here is a short film adaptation of the story:    Thank You, Ma’am short film

thank you ma'am


6th Grade Story Study: The School Play

In our next reader’s workshop, we will be looking at the different types of conflict and studying the conflicts in a story.  Here is a link to the story that we will be studying in class:       The School Play by Gary Soto

Here is a link to a presentation that provides some background knowledge about the story:      Background for The School Play


Reading Questions

IMG_2417Reading Questions

Directions: You are required to read for at least 30 minutes each evening and complete the reading log. In addition, you must answer 3 of the following questions (you choose which 3 questions to answer) each week about the book you are currently reading and write these questions and answers in your language arts notebook. Please write at least 1 paragraph for each answer and use the R-S-S-E format when answering these questions. Thank you for reading and responding! Your hard work is appreciated!

  1. Is there one character who is similar to you in this book? Explain.
  2. Have you ever had a similar experience as someone in the book? Explain.
  3. Compare a character, the story, or a main event to another book.
  4. How would you resolve the conflict (problem) in the book?
  5. In your opinion, what is the lesson that this book teaches readers about life (theme)? Explain.
  6. What emotions did you feel while reading this book? Explain.
  7. What were your feelings about the book’s ending? Explain.
  8. What is the genre of this book? How do you know? Explain.
  9. Explain how a character changed throughout this book.
  10. What did you learn from reading this book? Explain.
  11. Why do you think the author chose the title for this book? Explain.
  12. What predictions can you make about what will happen to the characters after the end of this book? Explain.
  13. Describe something interesting that happened in the book you read.
  14. When and where does the action of this book take place? How do you know? Explain.
  15. Who are the protagonists and the antagonists in this book? How do you know? Explain.
  16. What was the climax of this book? Explain.
  17. Find a sentence in this book that includes a word (or phrase) that you do not understand. Write the sentence and explain what you believe this word or phrase might mean based on the context of the sentence. If you are still struggling to understand it, look up this word or phrase and write down its meaning.
  18. Write a summary of the book you read.
  19. Illustrate a scene from the book you read and write a description of the scene you illustrated.
  20. Write another ending to the story that is different from the one the author wrote.

Novel Study

Here are links to digital versions of the novels that we are studying in class:

Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

If you would like to hear the audio book versions of these novels, they are also available online by clicking the links below:

Milkweed – Audiobook version

Number the Stars – Audiobook version

The Monsters are Due on Maple Street

twilight-zone-monsters-are-due-on-maple-streetWhile you’re working on your sequels to The Monsters are Due on Maple Street, reflect on how the characters behave in the original teleplay.  The characters you use in your sequels should act in a similar way to how they do in the original story.

If you’d like to take another look at the original text, here’s a link: The Monsters are Due on Maple Street (teleplay).

Here’s another link if you’d like to watch the original Twilight Zone episode.

Also, here’s an updated video of the teleplay that was made for TV more recently.  This version is not completely true to the original text, but view it to compare and contrast it to the original teleplay.