In my grade six gifted program we started reading the novel Airborn by Kenneth Oppel.
I love the action and adventure in the story. For each chapter the students are writing chapter summaries and character summaries using the Twitter Tweet Chapter Summary activity created by Tracee Orman. I found this idea on Pinterest as a FREEBIE and you can get your own copy via Teachers Pay Teachers.
As they are reading the novel, students are also completing a literature unit I discovered on the Airborn.ca website. A main focus of this unit is to teach students about common literary elements found in narrative texts. Throughout the novel students are required to examine parts of the text and identify examples of figurative language. Over the past few years, I have supplemented the literature unit mentioned above with handouts of my own. Below is a handout I created for students to refer to when identifying figurative language. I also have some great posters in my room which I use as anchor charts, but I like to also give students a handout to refer to when they need it.
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