Brown Girl Dreaming Book Club Focused on Story Elements

Brown Girl Dreaming Book Club Focused on Story Elements

Expertly written, brown girl dreaming is the beautiful autobiography of Jacqueline Woodson. Shared in the text structure of free verse poetry, readers will begin to understand what it was like to be an African American growing up in the 1960’s and 1970’s. This poetic account provides the perfect vehicle for mini-lessons focused on character analysis.

  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 9 book club meetings focused on Story Elements
  • Chapter by chapter discussion questions and key vocabulary
  • Book Club calendar
  • Conversation prompts
  • Student self-evaluations forms
  • Reading response board
  • Culminating activity
  • Instructional focus assessment, answer key, and rubric
  • Note: This set of instructional resources is for use with the book Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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Expertly written, brown girl dreaming is the beautiful autobiography of Jacqueline Woodson. Shared in the text structure of free verse poetry, readers will begin to understand what it was like to be an African American growing up in the 1960’s and 1970’s. This poetic account provides the perfect vehicle for mini-lessons focused on character analysis.

  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 9 book club meetings focused on Story Elements
  • Chapter by chapter discussion questions and key vocabulary
  • Book Club calendar
  • Conversation prompts
  • Student self-evaluations forms
  • Reading response board
  • Culminating activity
  • Instructional focus assessment, answer key, and rubric
  • This set of instructional resources is for use with the book Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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Book Club resources

The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.

The instructional overview includes instructional background for character analysis, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to brown girl dreaming Book Club.

As readers become more advanced, their use of comprehension strategies grows to be more sophisticated. Using brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson allows students to enhance their skills through the lens of character analysis.

When reading an autobiography like brown girl dreaming, the emotions that the main character shares belong to the author. Identifying the character's feelings, whether positive or negative, is an important part of character analysis.

In brown girl dreaming, author Jacqueline Woodson uses descriptive language to allow the reader to visualize her emotions. This meeting focuses on creating a graphic organizer for students to use while reading to keep track of the emotions of the main character.

When reading a longer text like, brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, readers need to distinguish between details that are more or less important. Student discussion will lead them to discover that, many times, the more important details are at times of a change in the character's feelings.

Comparing and contrasting characters is a good way for the reader to clarify the character's feelings. Using the characters in brown girl dreaming, students can practice this skill.

In brown girl dreaming, like many texts, the reader is not always given all of the information about an event, feeling, etc. Students will practice using their background knowledge and information from the text to synthesize conclusions about what is happening.

Author Jacqueline Woodson includes many examples of cause and effect related to her feelings in brown girl dreaming. Discussing why she feels the way she does will help students to comprehend the text better.

In an autobiography like brown girl dreaming, the author is reflecting on events of his/her life. When the reader pays careful attention to this reflection, he/she is able to identify the author's emotions surrounding each event and better understand the character.

This final brown girl dreaming Book Club focuses on the important role the time period plays when analyzing the main character. Understanding the historical climate will provide great insight to the main character's emotions.

Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with character analysis.
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Standard Alignment
Book Title:
Brown Girl Dreaming
Book Author:
Jacqueline Woodson
Grade Level:
5
Genre(s):
Autobiography, Poetry
F&P Guided Reading Level:
U
DRA Level:
50
Reading Recovery Level:
Theme(s):
Award Winners, Family, Friendship, Black History Month, Women's History Month, Decision Making, Relationship Skills, Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness
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Common Core Alignment: RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, RL.5.5, RL.5.6, RL.5.7, RL.5.9, RL.5.10, RF.5.3, RF.5.4, SL.5.1a, SL.5.1b, SL.5.1c, W.5.8, W.5.9, L.5.4a, L.5.5, L.5.6
Vocabulary Connections: L.5.4a, L.5.5, L.5.6
TEKS Alignment: 5.1C, 5.1A, 5.1D, 5.6A, 5.6B, 5.6C, 5.6D, 5.6E, 5.6F, 5.6G, 5.6H, 5.6I, 5.7A, 5.7B, 5.7C, 5.7D, 5.7E, 5.7F, 5.7G, 5.8A, 5.8B, 5.8C, 5.8D, 5.9A, 5.9B, 5.9D(i), 5.9D(ii), 5.9D(iii), 5.9E(i), 5.9E(ii), 5.9E(iii), 5.9F, 5.10A, 5.10B, 5.10C, 5.10D, 5.10E, 5.10F, 5.10G, 5.13A, 5.13C, 5.13E, 5.13H
Vocabulary Connections: 5.7E, 5.7F, 5.3A, 5.3B
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