Teacher: Alyssa Roth

Year:   2010-11


Course: Language Arts 5 T2D

Month:   December



T2D The Witches by Roald Dahl ~

Novel unit created for Taming the Beast grant 2010-2011.

Essential Questions





Essential Vocabulary


How can reading The Witches by Roald Dahl help me become a better reader?
How can learning new vocabulary words help me with my reading and word choice?
How can reading The Witches by Roald Dahl and doing the activities help me comprehend the story better?
How does using 21st century skills help me with my learning? 

Literary devices
Word Choice
Character Analysis
Similarities and Differences
Character comparison
Order of Events
Graphic Organizers
Problem and Solution
Newspaper Article
6+1 Writing Trait 

The student will define and identify nouns.
The student will define and identify adjectives.
The student will practice listening.
The student will describe and identify verbs.
The student will use the 6+1 writing traits.
The student will describe and identify adverbs.
The student will recall the key features described by Roald Dahl of a witch.
The student will relate to main character and identify thoughts and feelings.
The student will recall information from the story.
The student will use a Flip Video camera to conduct an interview.
The student will create a brochure using the computer.
The student will work on fluency and expression.
The student will sequence 8 key moments from the story so far.
The student will brainstorm different ideas about what they know about newspapers. The student will create a 1 page newspaper article using Word.
The student will identify the problems and come up with solutions if they were a mouse.
The student will create an extra chapter to this book creating a different ending.
The student will use WallWisher to compare and contrast the movie and book of The Witches.
The student will apply what they know and answer questions about the novel. 

Teacher Observation 1/17/2011
Wanted Poster 1/21/2011
Feelings Web 1/24/2011
Story Questions 1/25/2011
Flip Video Interviews 1/28/2011
Brochure 2/2/2011
Newspaper Article 2/16/2011
Extra Chapter 2/21/2011
Novel Test 2/25/2011
Glogster 1/17/2011
Wall Wisher 2/26/2011 

Day 1 Word Choice
Day 1 Word Choice
Day 2 Listening
Day 2 Word Choice
Day 2 Writing Activity
Day 3-Word Choice
Day 4
Day 5-Feelings Web
Day 6-Diary
Day 7 Comprehension
Day 8-9
Day 10-12
Day 13
Day 14
Day 15
Day 16
Day 17
Day 18-20
Day 21
Day 22-23
Day 24-26
Day 27 


5.R.4.1-Students can examine and compare texts from various cultures, time periods, and geographical locations.
5.R.5.3-Students can choose references to meet the needs of an assigned task.
5.R.1.1-Students can construct meaning by using word parts and categories.
5.R.1.2-Students can determine word meaning using prior knowledge and context clues.
5.R.2.1-Students can utilize comprehension strategies while constructing meaning.
5.R.2.2-Students can apply fluency strategies to gain meaning from text.
5.R.3.1-Students can distinguish literary genres based on characteristics, structures, and patterns.
5.R.3.2-Students can interpret literary elements of character, setting, plot, theme, point of view, and mood.
5.R.3.3-Students can identify literary devices within text.
5.LVS.1.1-Students can identify the purpose and content of a presentation through listening and viewing.
5.LVS.1.2-Students can explain the purpose and content of the presentation.
5.LVS.1.3-Students can select and organize relevant information gathered through listening and viewing.
5.LVS.1.4-Students can deliver a narrative oral presentation.
5.W.1.1-Students can compose narrative, and descriptive text of one paragraph.
5.W.1.2-Students can express ideas; reflect on personal thoughts, opinions, and observations; and respond to literature through writing.
5.W.2.1-Students can punctuate and capitalize text including dialogue.
5.W.2.2-Students can identify and incorporate verbs in the writing process.
3.ICT.1-Use digital technology, communication tools and/or networks appropriately to access, manage, integrate, evaluate, and create information in order to function in a knowledge economy
3.ICT.2-Use technology as a tool to research, organize, evaluate and communicate information, and the possession of a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information
3.IL.1-Access information efficiently and effectively, evaluate information critically and competently and use information accurately and creatively for the issue or problem at hand
3.ML.1-Understand how media messages are constructed, for what purposes and using which tools, characteristics and conventions.