My Side Of The Mountain: Discovering Literature Teaching Guide

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Grade Level: 5-8
Interest Level: 4-12
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The Discovering Literature Series is designed to develop a student’s appreciation for good literature and to improve reading comprehension. While many skills reinforce a student’s ability to comprehend what he or she reads (sequencing, cause and effect, finding details, using context clues), two skills are vital. They are: discerning main ideas and summarizing the text. Students who can master these two essential skills develop into sophisticated readers. 73 pages.
Each chapter analysis is organized into three basic elements: Student Directives, Chapter Vocabulary, and Chapter Summary.
The Student Directives contain the main ideas in each chapter. They provide the students, working individually or in groups, with a framework for developing their summaries. Student Directives can also be used as group discussions.
The Chapter Vocabulary includes definitions of keywords from each chapter. To save time, students need only to copy, not look up, definitions.
A Chapter Summary for each chapter is included for teacher use and knowledge.
Throughout the guide Skill Pages and Tests are provided for to build an increased understanding of the book and to review student’s knowledge.

Table of Contents
Notes to the Teacher
About Chapter Organization
About the Skill Pages
About the Tests
About the Writer’s Forum
Chapter 1: In Which I hole Up in a Snowstorm
• Skill Page: Flashback Development
Chapter 2: In Which I Get Started on This Venture
Chapter 3: The Manner in Which I Find Gribley’s Farm
Chapter 4: In Which I Find Many Useful Plants
Chapter 5: This is About the Old, Old Tree
• Skill Page: Elements of a Narrative
• Test: Chapters 1-5
Chapter 6: In Which I Meet One of My Own Kind and Have a Terrible Time Getting Away
Chapter 7: The King Provider
Chapter 8: A Brief Account of What I Did About the First Man Who Was after Me
Chapter 9: In Which I learn to Season My Food
Chapter 10: How a Door Came to Me
• Test: Chapters 6-10
Chapter 11: In Which Frightful Learns Her ABC’s—Pages 58-62
Chapter 11: In Which Frightful Learns Her ABC’s—Pages 63-68
• Skill Page: Outlining
Chapter 12: In Which I Find a Real Live Man
• Skill Page: Sequencing
• Skill Page: Cause & Effect
• Skill Page: Comparison and Contrast
Chapter 13: In Which the Autumn Provides Food and Loneliness
Chapter 14: In Which We All Learn About Halloween
Chapter 15: In Which I Find Out What to Do with Hunters
• Test: Chapters 11-15
Chapter 16: In Which Trouble Begins
Chapter 17: In Which I Pile Up Wood and Go on with Winter
• Skill Page: Categorizing: Wilderness Foods
Chapter 18: In Which I Learn about Birds and People—Pages 116-123
Chapter 18: In Which I Learn about Birds and People—Pages 124-131
Chapter 19: In Which I have a Good Look at Winter and Find Spring in the Snow
Chapter 20: More about The Spring in the Winter and the Beginning of My Story’s End
• Writer’s Forum: What Do You Think about Conflict?
• Test: Chapters 16-20
Chapter 21: In Which I Cooperate with the Ending
• Skill Page: Character Development
Chapter 22: In Which The City Comes to Me
• Writer’s Forum: What Do You Think about Me
• Writer’s Forum: A Presentation
• Culminating Project
Chapter Summary & Vocabulary (Blackline Master)
Sample Cover Sheet
Answer Pages

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