Literature Based Learning
- A thought-provoking essential question sets the context.
- Each reading of a selection has a purpose and employs a targeted reading or analysis skill.
- Using textual evidence, students apply the skill through discussion, collaborative activities, and writing.
High-interest themes and thought-provoking essential questions in areas such as
- Current events—diversity in society; equality and justice; knowing right from wrong; trusting what you hear, see, and read; the impact of technology on jobs; the costs of innovation.
- Themes—family, decisions, story-telling, horror, journey, freedom, identity and the forces that shape us, physical appearance, crime and punishment.
- Culture and History—the Native American experience, how history shapes us, how ideas bring about change, the impact of war, the role of women over time.
The step-by-step lesson design keeps students focused on the learning objective.
- Create context using introductory activities and discussions.
- Read the passage guided by close reading questions with comprehension support from Immersive Reader*.
- Identify and annotate textual evidence with support from the Interactive Text* to organize evidence and notes.
- Facilitate dynamic, inclusive discussions of evidence, ideas, and points of view in large and small groups; support online conversations with the Collaboration Wall*.
- Apply the skill and synthesize textual evidence in the "Focus On" activity.
- Assess progress with the quizzes and tests.
- Extend learning with project-based assessments and independent activities.
*Available with Interactive Edition.
Comprehensive standards coverage and a modular design permits easy integration into your curriculum.
- Select the units, selections, or learning objectives you need.
- Assign lessons to the whole class, small groups, or individual students.