I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 Book Club Focused on Story Elements

I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 Book Club Focused on Story Elements

This is the story of Lucas, a boy who loves football and whose father is a firefighter in New York City. When his parents tell Lucas he can no longer play football, he takes the train by himself into the city to talk about it with his dad's best friend, Benny, a firefighter and former football star. Just as he arrives, a disaster unlike any the United States has ever known hits downtown Manhattan. Like all of the books in the I Survived Series, this chapter book is the perfect blend of fact and fiction. The author's sequencing of events creates a fast-paced historical fiction that students will enjoy reading, making it a smart choice for mini lessons focused on sequence of events and conflict and resolution.

  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 4 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 I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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This is the story of Lucas, a boy who loves football and whose father is a firefighter in New York City. When his parents tell Lucas he can no longer play football, he takes the train by himself into the city to talk about it with his dad's best friend, Benny, a firefighter and former football star. Just as he arrives, a disaster unlike any the United States has ever known hits downtown Manhattan. Like all of the books in the I Survived Series, this chapter book is the perfect blend of fact and fiction. The author's sequencing of events creates a fast-paced historical fiction that students will enjoy reading, making it a smart choice for mini lessons focused on sequence of events and conflict and resolution.

  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 4 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 I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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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 sequencing of events, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 Book Club.

This I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 Book Club will explore how author Lauren Tarshis uses flashbacks and flash forwards to tell the story. Students will create a graphic organizer in their Reader's Notebook to help them track the sequence of events while reading.

Tracking the sequence of events in I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 can be difficult due to the use of flashbacks. However, author Lauren Tarshis includes the flashbacks to tell the reader about the fictional character and to set up conflict in the story.

Students will use a storyline graph to organize the events in I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001. The discussion also focuses on sorting the events of the fictional and real-life portions of the text.

During this I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 Book Club, students will dig deeper into the conflicts presented by author Lauren Tarshis. Special attention is given to the fact that factual events are tied to major conflicts while fictional events are tied to minor conflicts.

Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with sequence of events.
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Book Title:
I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001
Book Author:
Lauren Tarshis
Grade Level:
4
Genre(s):
Historical Fiction
F&P Guided Reading Level:
R
DRA Level:
40
Reading Recovery Level:
40
Theme(s):
Adventure, Family, History, Perseverance
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Common Core Alignment: RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.5, RL.4.6, RL.4.7, RL.4.9, RL.4.10, SL.4.1a, SL.4.1b, SL.4.1c, W.4.8, L.4.4a, L.4.5c, L.4.6, W.4.9
Vocabulary Connections: L.4.4a, L.4.5c, L.4.6
TEKS Alignment: 4.1A, 4.1C, 4.1D, 4.6A, 4.6B, 4.6C, 4.6D, 4.6E, 4.6F, 4.6G, 4.6H, 4.6I, 4.7A, 4.7B, 4.7C, 4.7D, 4.7E, 4.7F, 4.7G, 4.8A, 4.8B, 4.8C, 4.8D, 4.9A, 4.9B, 4.9D(i), 4.9D(ii), 4.9D(iii), 4.9E(i), 4.9E(ii), 4.9E(iii), 4.9F, 4.10A, 4.10B, 4.10C, 4.10D, 4.10E, 4.10F, 4.10G, 4.13A, 4.13C, 4.13E, 4.13H
Vocabulary Connections: 4.7E, 4.7F, 4.3A, 4.3B
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