Workshop Wednesday: The Sign of the Beaver
jivey Wednesday, November 13, 2013
You might remember, I received class sets of three of my favorite chapter books to read with my class from Donors Choose. One of the books we are starting this week!
The Sign of the Beaver takes place in 1768. Matt and his father build a log cabin in the wilderness of Maine, where their family will be the first in a new township. Matt, who is only 12 years old, is left alone while his father returns to get his mother and sister. They were supposed to return in 7 weeks, but it takes them much longer. During this time, Matt befriends an Indian, Attean, who teaches him many things to survive. The book is a wonderful story of friendship, survival, and family bonds. It is a great one to use during a colonial unit, as it takes place after the French and Indian War.
This book is so great to teach SOOOOO many skills, which is why I like to do it as an extended text. One skill we'll be looking at this week is figurative language. The first two chapters have great examples of similes. We will talk about what these mean and why the author used those similes.
This activity is part of a brand new, large unit I've created for the novel.