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Native Americans in the 1800s: History Lesson Plans
These lesson plans provide you with a brief overview of each young adult novel covered along with more detailed character descriptions. You can use them as a guideline to create a customized curriculum for your students based around the novel they choose. Activities, assignments and projects give you a wealth of ideas to increase your student's interest while minimizing the time you have to spend on planning.
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- Common core: Ensures all your students are prepared for state and federal language arts/literature testing standards
- Activities or games Each of these lessons include fun activities to increase your student's retention of information
- Individual or group projects Effective and engaging assignments that bring the characters and stories to life for students
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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning young adult novel lessons easy.
- Find lesson plans for specific young adult novel topics you want to cover in class.
- Formulate your young adult novel class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
- Share the related young adult novel lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
- Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important young adult literature concepts from the lessons.
- Engage your students with relevant young adult literature activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.
1. Fever, 1793 Lesson Plan
Yellow fever can be a deadly disease. In this lesson, students learn about Laurie Halse Anderson's book ''Fever, 1793'' and develop a project highlighting the yellow fever epidemic that terrorized Philadelphia.
2. Fever, 1793: Summary & Characters
When yellow fever starts claiming lives in Philadelphia, will Mattie and her family survive? Learn more about Mattie's story and some of the important characters in this summary of Laurie Halse Anderson's 'Fever, 1793'.
3. Fever, 1793 Discussion Questions
'Fever, 1793' is a novel by Laurie Halse Anderson about a teenager who contracts the yellow fever during the epidemic in Philadelphia in 1793. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this novel.
4. The Fault in Our Stars Discussion Questions
'The Fault in Our Stars' is a novel by John Green about teenagers who are living with cancer. This lesson will guide classroom discussions about this novel and help reinforce its themes.
5. Wolf Rider Lesson Plan
Increase your students' comprehension of the novel 'Wolf Rider' by Avi with this lesson plan. Students will read our text lesson, which will help them to summarize the book content before engaging in discussions and analysis.
6. Wolf Rider Book Summary
In this lesson we will examine the 1986 young adult novel 'Wolf Rider' by Avi. We will look at the story, its key scenes, and characters. Then, the lesson explores ways that the novel treats themes of death and trust through the old English idiom of 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf.'
7. Scorpions Novel Lesson Plan
If you're teaching Walter Dean Myers' novel 'Scorpions,' you can use this lesson plan as a culminating project. Students will show what they have learned by summarizing the plot, characters, and themes in a persuasive speech.
8. Scorpions: Book Summary & Characters
This lesson introduces Walter Dean Myers' young adult novel, ''Scorpions.'' After understanding its plot, we'll get to know the characters and learn why critics are divided on the relevance of this Newbery Award-winning novel.
9. Scorpions Book Activities
Scorpions is a book about the struggle of dealing with gangs and poverty. This lesson provides a variety of activities for students to become more knowledgeable on the book.
10. Double Dutch Book Lesson Plan
Teachers, this lesson plan reviews the struggles and secrets of five middle school students in the book 'Double Dutch.' Students will complete an individual reading assignment, two activities and a quiz.
11. Double Dutch: Book Summary & Characters
''Double Dutch'' follows the stories of eighth graders as they deal with their private struggles and secrets, including illiteracy and a missing father. They navigate these struggles against the backdrop of preparing for a Double Dutch tournament.
12. I Am the Messenger Discussion Questions
''I Am the Messenger'' is a novel that will leave students with lots to talk about. Use these questions to help guide a class discussion about the characters, plots, and themes of this story.
13. Anna of Byzantium Lesson Plan
Increase student understanding for the novel 'Anna of Byzantium' with this lesson plan. A text lesson helps students apply comprehension skills before, during and after reading. Activities and a quiz make concepts stick.
14. Anna of Byzantium: Summary & Quotes
The lesson explores Tracy Barrett's 'Anna of Byzantium,' historical fiction for young adults. We will learn about Princess Anna Comnena and her life in the Byzantine Empire. We will also discover how Barrett embroiders real history with an engaging first person narrative.
15. Dicey's Song Lesson Plan
This lesson plan will help students examine the themes of the story and compare three generations of characters as they read ''Dicey's Song'' by Cynthia Voight.
16. Dicey's Song: Summary & Characters
''Dicey's Song'', the sequel to ''Homecoming'' by Cynthia Voight, continues the tale of Dicey Tillerman and her siblings as they settle into a life with their eccentric grandmother, each learning to become part of a family again.
17. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town Lesson Plan
This lesson plan accompanies the book 'When Zachary Beaver Came to Town' by Kimberly Willis Holt. It will help them analyze the characters, setting, and major details that enable them to form a summary of the book.
18. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town: Book Summary & Characters
This lesson summarizes the story Kimberly Willis Holt tells in her 1999 young adult coming of age novel 'When Zachary Beaver Came to Town.' We will learn about the story, setting, character, and conflicts.
19. Copper Sun Discussion Questions
'Copper Sun' by Sharon Draper explores a dark period in history: slavery. The following questions should be assigned to mature students who can handle the sensitive subject matter. These questions are designed for after students have read the book.
20. Looking for Alaska Discussion Questions
'Looking for Alaska' by John Green is a young adult novel about a teenager searching for adventure--a theme many students can relate to. This lesson will guide classroom discussions about this book.
21. Lost and Found by Anne Schraff Discussion Questions
''Lost and Found'' is a young-adult novel that explores some of the harsher realities of what growing up is like for many students in urban America. These questions can help your class navigate the book and its themes.
22. We Were Liars Discussion Questions
''We were Liars'' is a young-adult novel about friendship and loss. These questions can help your students navigate the plot, characters, and themes of the novel.
23. That Was Then, This Is Now Activities
Assign the following activities after students have read ''That Was Then, This Is Now'' by S. E. Hinton. Students will demonstrate learning by recalling specific scenes and characters from the story and addressing a social issues that carries into modern times.
24. Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings Activities
'Red Kayak' by Priscilla Cummings is novel about change and tragedy on the Chesapeake Bay. The activities in the asset will help students deepen their understanding of the story and personally connect with its characters.
25. The Pigman Unit Plan
'The Pigman' by Paul Zindel is a novel for young adults about two teenagers that befriend a lonely, elderly man. This lesson provides teachers with an outline for teaching a unit on 'The Pigman.'
26. Silent to the Bone Discussion Questions
''Silent to the Bone'' is a young-adult novel and mystery by E. L. Konigsburg. These questions can help guide your class through a discussion on the characters, plot, and themes of this novel.
27. Black Duck Book Discussion Questions
''Black Duck'' is a historical fiction novel set around a smuggling boat in Prohibition. These questions can help guide your students in a discussion on the book's themes, characters, and plot.
28. I Am the Cheese Discussion Questions
'I Am the Cheese' is a novel by Robert Cormier that consists of a narrative that alternates with a series of tape transcripts in which Adam, a teenage boy, gradually remembers his past. This lesson will guide classroom discussions about this novel.
29. Pictures of Hollis Woods Discussion Questions
'Pictures of Hollis Woods' is the story of a girl passed from one foster home to another, collecting life lessons along the way. Use discussion questions to help your students engage in meaningful conversations about the book's important themes.
30. Nothing But the Truth Discussion Questions
'Nothing But the Truth' is a young-adult novel by Avi, which follows a young boy as his suspension brings national media attention to his town. These questions can help your students delve deeper into this story.
31. Tangerine by Edward Bloor Discussion Questions
'Tangerine' by Edward Bloor is a young adult novel about peer relationships and family dysfunction. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this novel.
32. Eleanor & Park Discussion Questions
High school life can be hard, but that's especially true when domestic abuse is part of your home life. ''Eleanor & Park'' deals with these themes and ideas, and these questions can help your students discuss what this means for the novel and for them.
33. An Abundance of Katherines Discussion Questions
''An Abundance of Katherines'' is a young adult novel by John Green, author of ''The Fault in Our Stars.'' These discussion questions can help your students work through the plot, themes, and characters in ''An Abundance of Katherines.''
34. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo Discussion Questions
Middle and high school students will enjoy learning about World War I through the eyes of Joey, a fictional horse who served in the war. These discussion questions are intended for middle and high school students.
35. Brown Girl Dreaming Discussion Questions
'Brown Girl Dreaming' is the childhood memoir of author Jacqueline Woodson. In this book, students will read about Woodson's experiences growing up as an African American during the Civil Rights Movement.
36. Challenger Deep Discussion Questions
Use these discussion questions to help you upper middle and high school students process the characters, plot, and symbolism of 'Challenger Deep' by Neal Shusterman.
37. Things Not Seen Discussion Questions
Use these discussion questions to help your middle schoolers understand the characters, literary elements, and themes of Things Not Seen. Promote critical thinking and effective discussions as you help students analyze this coming of age story.
38. Taking Sides by Gary Soto Activities
Gary Soto's ''Taking Sides'' deals with themes of racism, acceptance, and growing up. Use these activities to help your students engage with this book and its big ideas.
39. Seventh Grade by Gary Soto Activities
Gary Soto's short story ''Seventh Grade'' is a fun read. These activities will help students explore the story and can open discussions about short stories and writing.
40. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion Discussion Questions
The following questions can help you guide your students through a class discussion on the characters, plot, and themes of the popular novel 'Warm Bodies.'
41. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz Discussion Questions
These questions can help your students delve deeper into the popular young-adult novel ''Stormbreaker'', building up class discussion and analysis skills.
42. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon Discussion Questions
Looking for a thought-provoking young adult love story for your class or reading group? 'The Sun is Also a Star' provides charm and topics for reflection. Use these questions to help your students discuss the story, literary elements, and social issues.
43. The Great Gilly Hopkins Discussion Questions
Gilly Hopkins is Katherine Paterson's tough heroine driven by a desire to find her mother and become someone's 'real' child. Guide your students through this book using these discussion starters.
44. The Candymakers Discussion Questions
'The Candymakers' is a fun middle school book with themes of friendship, creativity, and overcoming obstacles. Assign this novel to your reading groups, then enjoy a good read and a lively discussion.
45. Raymie Nightingale Discussion Questions
'Raymie Nightingale' is a children's novel about a pre-teen girl who is desperate to get her father's attention after he leaves her family. This resource offers discussion questions about this novel.
46. Odd Girl Out Movie Discussion Questions
'Odd Girl Out' is a 2005 drama by director Tom McLoughlin about a popular teenaged girl who is exiled from her clique. This asset contains student discussion questions about this movie.
47. Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons Discussion Questions
The following questions are designed to help you guide your students through a structured discussion about Lorna Landvik's 'Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons.'
48. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Discussion Questions
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin explores love, friendship and vulnerability. By assigning these discussion questions, students will learn about how these themes impact the character's lives while exploring their beliefs.
49. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue Discussion Questions
Teachers utilize the discussion questions about 'The Wonder' by Emma Donoghue to confirm their student's understanding of the story. Students will also enhance their critical thinking skills as they explore their beliefs and values.
50. My Name is Lucy Barton Discussion Questions
The following questions can help you to guide your students through a structured discussion about Elizabeth Strout's 2016 novel 'My Name is Lucy Barton'.
51. A Gentleman in Moscow Discussion Questions
If you're looking for a delightful, thought-provoking novel for your students, look no further than 'A Gentleman in Moscow.' With an abundance of personality and philosophy, this book will set you up for rich discussions. Use these questions to get you started.
52. The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney Discussion Questions
Teachers, present these discussion questions about the Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix to confirm students read the book. They'll also explore their beliefs, values and opinions about the characters and scenes.
53. The Last Days of Night Discussion Questions
Who invented the light bulb? 'The Last Days of Night' can serve to enlighten your high school students on potential answers to this question. Use these discussion questions to help them explore this historical account of invention and betrayal.
54. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Discussion Questions
The following questions can help you to guide your students through a structured discussion about Rachel Joyce's 2012 novel 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry'.
55. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles Discussion Questions
Engaging your high school students in reading 'The Rules of Civility' can be enhanced by meaningful discussion. Use these discussion questions to guide them in analysis of structure, character, and theme.
56. The Turner House Discussion Questions
'The Turner House' is a 2015 novel by Angela Flournoy about a poverty-stricken African American family. This asset provides student discussion questions about this novel.
57. A Hologram for the King Novel by Dave Eggers Questions
'A Hologram for the King' is a novel by Dave Eggers about an American man facing a mid-life crisis exacerbated by the shifting global economy. This asset provides student discussion questions about this novel.
58. The House at the Edge of Night Discussion Questions
'The House at the Edge of Night' follows the dynamic Esposito family through decades on the small island of Castallamare. Use these discussion questions to help your high school-age students tackle the setting, characters, and themes of this novel.
59. Another Brooklyn Discussion Questions
The following questions can help you guide your students through a class discussion on Jacqueline Woodson's novel 'Another Brooklyn' as they explore their reactions to the story and its themes.
60. Behold the Dreamers Discussion Questions
'Behold the Dreamers' is a novel depicting the American life of a Cameroonian family trying to make it as immigrants in Harlem. Use these questions to help your high school students delve more deeply into some of the novel's important themes.
61. Autumn by Ali Smith Discussion Questions
The following discussion questions are designed to help you guide your high school students through a structured group conversation about Ali Smith's 2016 novel 'Autumn'.
62. Saints for All Occasions Discussion Questions
'Saints for All Occasions' is a 2017 novel by J. Courtney Sullivan about two Irish sisters who emigrate to the United States. This resource contains discussion questions about this novel.
63. The Keeper of Lost Things Discussion Questions
These questions can help to guide your students through a class discussion on the plots, characters, and themes of Ruth Hogan's novel 'The Keeper of Lost Things'.
64. The Red Tent Discussion Questions
The following questions are designed to help you guide your students through a discussion on the characters, plot, and themes of Anita Diamant's 1997 novel 'The Red Tent'.
65. Peace Like a River Discussion Questions
'Peace Like a River' is a 2001 young adult novel by Leif Enger about an 11-year-old boy on a journey to find his brother, who committed murder. This asset contains student discussion questions about this novel.
66. Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss Discussion Questions
'Forest Dark' is a novel that touches on theories of identity, fiction, reality, and the multi-verse as it follows two protagonists on a journey to Tel Aviv. Use these discussion questions to help your students get the most out of Nicole Krauss's third novel.
67. Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler Discussion Questions
These questions can help you guide your students through a structured discussion around their thoughts and feelings about Julie Kibler's 'Calling Me Home.'
68. Book of Polly Discussion Questions
The following questions are designed to help you guide your students through a structured discussion about the 2019 Kathy Hepinstall novel 'The Book of Polly.'
69. The Silent Wife Discussion Questions
'The Silent Wife' is a psychological thriller by A.S.A. Harrison about a cheating man and his vengeful partner. This resource offers secondary classroom discussion questions for this novel.
70. Paint the Wind Discussion Questions
Guide your upper elementary or middle school students through the adventures of Maya in Ryan's 'Paint the Wind'. Use these discussion questions to help them digest the book's settings, characters, and themes.
71. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn Discussion Questions
'Sharp Objects' is a psychological thriller by Gillian Flynn about a troubled journalist who returns to her childhood home to report on the murders of two young girls. This asset provides discussion questions about this novel.
72. Annie's Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret Discussion Questions
'Annie's Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret' is a memoir by Steve Luxenberg about his search for the aunt that he never knew existed until shortly before his mother's death. This asset provides student discussion questions about this book.
73. The Rest of Us Just Live Here Discussion Questions
'The Rest of Us Just Live Here' is the story of a group of teens facing graduation and learning about themselves and each other while hoping the indie kids in town can rout an invasion of body-snatching immortals. These discussion questions will take your student deeper into this engaging novel.
74. At the Edge of the Orchard Discussion Questions
'At the Edge of the Orchard' is a gritty pioneer tale of apples, family, and regret. These discussion questions will help students explore the story, literary aspects, and personal applications of Tracy Chevalier's frontier novel.
75. Heft by Liz Moore Discussion Questions
The following questions are intended to help you guide your high school students through a structured group discussion about Liz Moore's 2012 novel 'Heft'.
76. The Rent Collector Discussion Questions
'The Rent Collector' is a story that uses a novel setting to tell a familiar tale of hope in difficult times. After reading it with your students, use these questions to discuss the story, literary elements, and personal responses.
77. Loving Frank Discussion Questions
The following questions are designed to help guide your students through a discussion on the Nancy Horan novel 'Loving Frank', exploring the plot, characters, and themes of the novel.
78. The Last Painting of Sara de Vos Discussion Questions
The following questions can help to guide your students through a structured discussion as they explore their reactions to Dominic Smith's 'The Last Painting of Sara De Vos.'
79. The Ultimate Gift Book Discussion Questions
The following questions are designed to help you guide your students through a structured group discussion about the Jim Stovall novel 'The Ultimate Gift'.
80. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey Discussion Questions
'The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey' is a novel by Walter Mosley about a man with dementia who undergoes experimental treatment. This resource offers discussion questions for students about this book.
81. Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler Discussion Questions
'Perfume River' is a novel about soldiers who have come home from war and the relationships they have at home. These questions about the story, characters, and the themes the novel addresses are geared toward high school or college aged students.
82. The Rosie Project Book Discussion Questions
The following questions can help guide your students through a structured discussion in which they explore their thoughts and feelings about Graeme Simsion's 'The Rosie Project'.
83. A Spool of Blue Thread Discussion Questions
The following questions can help you guide your students through a structured discussion of their thoughts and feelings about Anne Tyler's 2015 novel 'A Spool of Blue Thread.'
84. The Woman in the Window Book Discussion Questions
These questions can help you to guide your students through a class discussion as they explore their thoughts and reactions about A. J. Finn's 'The Woman in the Window'.
85. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner Discussion Questions
The following discussion questions can help you to guide your students through a structured discussion about Wallace Stegner's 1971 novel 'Angle of Repose'.
86. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain Discussion Questions
'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' is a young adult novel by Ben Fountain about a young war hero coming home from Iraq. This resource offers discussion questions for secondary students.
87. In the Lake of the Woods Discussion Questions
Reading O'Brien's 'In the Lake of the Woods' with your high school students can be an exercise in analysis of evidence and solving mysteries. Use these discussion questions to help them delve more deeply into theme, characters, and structure.
88. The Life We Bury Discussion Questions
The following questions are designed to help you guide your students through a structured discussion around the concepts of truth and justice based on Allen Esken's 2014 novel 'The Life We Bury'.
89. Looking for Alaska Activities
'Looking for Alaska' by John Green is a coming of age novel about friendship and grief. The activities in this asset support comprehension of this book.
90. The Things They Carried Unit Plan
'The Things They Carried' is a fictional collection of short stories about the men of Alpha Company during the Vietnam War. Teachers may use this resource to create comprehensive lesson plans about this novel.
91. Things Fall Apart Unit Plan
Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart' is a complex novel detailing the experiences of a conflicted man. Help your high school students explore more about this novel's setting, characters, and conflict by using this unit plan to guide your instruction.
92. The Book Thief Unit Plan
'The Book Thief' is a novel by Markus Zusak about a girl's survival during the Holocaust. This asset supports teachers as they develop instructional plans about this novel.
93. The Color Of Water Unit Plan
This high school unit plan addresses the genre, themes, and life events in James McBride's memoir 'The Color of Water'. Lesson plans, activities, discussion questions, and project ideas are included to help you design a comprehensive novel unit.
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