I’ll shout it from the mountain tops! The great divorce of grammar and good literature can go on no longer!
Since someone who sits in a cushier chair than me decided that every grade level in our district must choose a book that every student in that grade reads (because one book fits all, you know), I made it my personal mission to figure out how to use that book as an instrument to convey our grammar standards.
Seventh grade chose The Giver. Who doesn’t love The Giver? No one, that’s who. (Although we were later informed the lexile level is a little low for our rigorous standards. Excuse me while I barf all over your lexile leveling.)
As I read through this masterful piece of art, I combed out every writer’s move Lowry made. And I did what any teacher would do. I turned it into worksheets that teach grammar IN CONTEXT.
Stick with me!
I promise these aren’t “Underline the subject once and the predicate twice.” worksheets.
I asked students to stop and notice 2 things: WHAT did Lowry do? WHY did she choose to do it that way? Then I asked them to replicate it.
To build these task sheets I simply read the chapters and waited for grammar moves to jump out at me as I read. Instead of reading for plot, character, theme, figurative language, I read for commas, conjunctions, and semicolons.
This was easy and I am confident you can do this with any classroom novel you’re teaching!
These are links to google docs that you can make a copy of for yourself. (File–Make A Copy and it’ll appear in your Google Drive.)