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Kindred Lesson Plan Bundle

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Great resources for Kindred by Octavia E Butler where students can analyze themes and characters in the text in fun and engaging ways!

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This bundle includes 4 resources:

  1. Introduction Activity
  2. One pager activities for themes, characterization and summaries
  3. Theme Analysis Worksheets and Graphic Organizers
  4. Character Analysis Worksheets and Graphic Organizers

Print and digital versions available!

  • PDF
  • Google™ Slides

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1. INTRO ACTIVITY

Students will learn about main characters and important vocabulary, as well as make predictions in regards to themes and internal and external conflicts.

Lesson Pages:

Part I: Important vocabulary related to Kindred and also found in the synopsis in Part II.

Part II: Synopsis of the book and comprehension questions.

Part III: Exit ticket where students have to use the synopsis to make predictions about potential theme topics and conflicts.

  • Info sheet defining theme topic, internal and external conflict included
  • An answer key for the comprehension questions and exit ticket included

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2. ONE PAGER ACTIVITIES

Four Engaging one-pager activities to help students analyze characters and themes as well as summarize sections of the text. Each one pager comes with a planning sheet to help students before they create their one-pager.

A one-pager is a simple page response allowing students to creatively and imaginatively showcase their understanding of a text.

1. Character Analysis One-Pager

Focuses on indirect and direct characterization to determine the personality/type of person the character is. Students also identify the characters hopes, dreams, fears, motivations and more!

2. Character Development One-Pager

Focuses on how a character changes from the beginning-middle-end of the text. Students also identify major events and other characters that influence/develop the change.

3. Section Summary One-Pager

Since Kindred is formatted using sections, students can identify important events from that section and create a visual representation of their summary through the one-pager.

4. Theme Analysis One-Pager

Focuses on identifying a theme topic or theme statement that is present throughout the text.

Theme Info Sheet also included that defines theme and explains the difference between a theme topic and a theme statement.

5. Student examples

6. Rubric for each one pager

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3. THEME WORKSHEETS & GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS

This resource contains worksheets and graphic organizers to help students analyze themes, main idea and supporting details present in the novel.

Students will:

  • Learn the difference between a theme topic (usually 1-2 words) and a theme statement (message/lesson)
  • Identify theme topics repeated throughout the text
  • Create a theme statement showcasing a lesson/message they believe is repeated.
  • Identify evidence to support their theme topics/theme statement

Lesson Pages:

1. Theme Analysis Info and Planning Sheet

  • Defines theme and explains the difference between theme topics and theme statements as well as how to create a theme statement using a theme topic.
  • Mind map to help students brainstorm theme topics they believe are present in Kindred.
    • Theme topic: Adventure
    • Theme Statement: Adventure can sometimes keep you from the ones you love the most.

2. Theme Progression Worksheet

Students choose a theme and identify examples of how it is present in each section (i.e The Prologue, The Fire, The Fall etc.) of the text where applicable. This is to make sure students are choosing ideas that present throughout the text and not just in one section here and there.

3. Theme Graphic Organizer

Students use their theme topic to create a theme statement and identify 4 pieces of evidence showing it is present throughout Kindred.

4. Theme topic ideas

5. Answer Key

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4. CHARACTER ANALYSIS WORKSHEETS & GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS

This resource contains worksheets and graphic organizers to help students analyze characters in Kindred by Octavia E. Butler.

Students will:

  • Learn the difference between indirect and direct characterization
  • Identify character they believe develop (change) throughout the text.
  • Analyze physical traits, actions/behaviors, private thoughts, speech, impact on others, other characters opinions and what all of this reveals about the character they are analyzing
  • Learn the difference between external and internal conflicts and explain how these impact the relationship between specific characters.

Lesson Pages:

1. Character Analysis Info and Planning Sheet

Defines indirect vs direct characterization and details the 5 methods of indirect characterization.

Mind map to help students identify characters they believe develop and change throughout the text.

2. Indirect and Direct Characterization Worksheets and graphic organizer

Focuses on students identifying how the author reveals details about characters through indirect and direct characterization. This enables students to learn about the characters personality, hopes, dreams, fears and more!

3. Character Development Worksheet

Students use their theme topic to create a theme statement and identify 4 pieces of evidence showing it is present throughout Kindred.

4. Character Relationships Worksheet

Focuses on students identifying internal and external conflicts, detailing how they impact character relationships in the novel.

List of sample character relationships given. For example:

  • Dana & Kevin
  • Dana & Alice
  • Rufus & Tom Weylin

5. Answer Key

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File Type: PDF & Google Slides

Editable: No

Content Pages: 93

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