The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 Common Core Aligned Novel Study Teaching Guide
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 Common Core Aligned Novel Study Teaching Guide
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 Common Core Aligned Novel Study Teaching Guide
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 Common Core Aligned Novel Study Teaching Guide

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 Common Core Aligned Novel Study Teaching Guide

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This 136-page Common Core Aligned Literature Guide for Christopher Paul Curtis's The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963 truly has everything you need - ready-to-go, and fully aligned!

Here's what Christina M. said: Wonderful unit! I'm using it with my students right now. The activities are very helpful! I love the note-taking sheet! Thanks for the great product!

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Includes (specific Common Core standard addressed in parentheses):

  • Author Biography on author Christopher Paul Curtis (RI.5.1, RI.5.7; RI.6.1)
  • Historical Context articles and corresponding reading questions on African-American Life in the South in the 1960s, Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, Racial Violence in the South (RI.5.1, RI.5.3, RI.5.4; RI.6.1, RI.6.4)
  • Expository Article on Dealing with Trauma, Grief, and Loss (RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.4; RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.4)
  • Thematic activity on Elements of Racism and Prejudice
  • List of Allusions and Terms - defined (RL.5.4; RL.6.4)
  • Note-Taking and Summarizing Graphic Organizers (W.5.4, W.5.9.A; W.6.4, W.6.4)
  • Comprehension Check Depth of Knowledge Questions for each chapter (multiple standards addressed)
  • Literature Standards Focus activities on:
    • Point of View (RL.5.1, RL.5.6; RL.6.1, RL.6.6)
    • Using Quotations and Drawing Inferences (RL.5.1, L.5.2.D; RL.6.1)
    • Character Interactions (RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3; RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3)
    • Figurative Language (RL.5.4, L.5.5, L.5.5.A; RL.6.4, L.6.5, 6.5.A)
    • Theme (RL.5.1, RL.5.2; RL.6.1, RL.6.2)
    • Story Structure (RL.5.1, RL.5.3, RL.5.5; RL.6.1, RL.6.3, RL.6.5)

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  • Language Standards Focus activities on:
    • Dialect (L.5.3, L.5.3.B; L.6.1.E, L.6.4.A)
    • Verb Tense and Agreement (L.5.1, L.5.1.B, L.5.1.C, L.5.1.D; L.6.1)
    • Vocabulary in Context (L.5.4, L.5.4.A, L.5.4.C, L.5.5; L.6.4, L.6.4.A, L.6.4.B, L.6.4.C)
    • Spelling, Punctuation, and Capitalization (L.5.1, L.5.2; L.6.1, L.6.2)
    • Synonyms and Antonyms (L.5.5, L.5.5.C; L.6.5, L.6.5.B)
    • Identifying Parts of Speech (L.5.1, L.5.1.A; L.6.1)
  • Final Vocabulary Test
  • Two Final Test Versions (one of which is entirely multiple choice)
  • Pre-Reading Activities and Ideas List
  • Post-Reading Activities and Ideas List
  • Essay and Writing Prompts
  • Two Project Rubrics
  • Response to Literature Writing Rubric
  • Sample Agenda and Teacher Notes
  • Summary of the Novel
  • Complete Answer Key

Kelly B. said: Great resource! My kids are loving this novel study! You get a lot of material for the price. Love the additional articles and activities that accompany the novel.