The literature units for 2012 -2013 are DONE!
And they are all organized in these nifty little hanging bags!*
Inside each bag: the novel, a vocabulary list, vocabulary activities, and a literature unit with author information, discussion questions, and enrichment activites. The units are mostly from Teachers Pay Teachers or Currclick. (BTW, If you are planning to read The Island of the Blue Dolphins, there is a fantastic novel study available on TPT, and it's FREE!)
We're using The Arrow for The Midwife's Apprentice, and some good, basic vocabulary sheets from TPT. (Just search "vocabulary graphic organizer" and you can choose from a ton of different formats, some free and some a dollar or so. This is probably obvious to you, but for some reason I never figured it out until I was putting together this year's units!)
I'm a firm believer in getting familiar with new vocabulary before reading the book, so I made various puzzles and activities using the tools on ABCTeach. You can make crosswords, word finds, word shapes, and lots more.
Next year our spelling words and our vocabulary words will be the same. We'll also use them to study prefixes, suffixes, and root words. And many of our writing activities will come from literature studies. (I tell my kids all the time: if you want to be a writer, first be a reader!)
We're starting the year with The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes. After that, I'll let the kids take turns choosing the next book. We certainly won't get through all of these, but I made more than we need so there would be plenty to choose from. The choices: A Single Shard, The Egypt Game, The Breadwinner, The Door in the Wall, Dominic, The Magician's Elephant, Seedfolk, Harris and Me, The Island of Blue Dolphins, Pictures of Hollis Woods, The Indian in the Cupboard, Danny the Champion of the World, The Midwife's Apprentice, and Esperanza Rising.
That should keep my little readers busy for quite a while! And anything we don't use this year is ready for the next!
*In case you're curious about the organizer above, it's called a Clip-A-Zip and I can't remember where I got mine. I just looked it up on Amazon and there is no way I would have paid 45 bucks for it! Are you kidding me? Really Good Stuff offers a similar organizer; however you have to buy the bags separately. You homeschooler types are so creative--I'm confident you could find a clever way to make a similar system if you wanted one!