Module 6-Classic Literature-Language Arts 5A - Course Guide

Module Overview:

Students will learn how classic literature differs from stories and poems written more recently. Students will learn how context clues can help them understand classic literature. Students will listen to and read part of a classic novel. Students will identify and categorize the figurative language in a passage of classic literature.

Module Materials:

  • Pencils
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • Notebook
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Highlighter
  • Markers
  • Blank paper

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 What Are the Classics?
  1. Define and describe classic literature.
2 Reading Classic Poetry
  1. Use common reading strategies to comprehend difficult, complex literature.
3 Reading Classic Prose
  1. Comprehend and interpret a passage in a classic novel.
4 Figurative Language
  1. Identify examples of figurative language in a text.

Module Key Words:

Key Words
classic literature
context clues
figure of speech

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title
3 Reading Classic Prose 4 Reading Dickens Assignment

Learning Coach Notes:

Lesson # Lesson Title Notes
1 What Are the Classics? In their Language Arts notebook, have your student compare classic literature verse modern literature based on what they learned in the lesson. You can also share with them A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and Young Scrooge by R.L. Stine and have them compare how they are different. These books are on the suggested book list in the course guide from the learning coach website, you may check them out at your local library.
2 Reading Classic Poetry In their Language Arts notebook, have your student summarize the strategies from this lesson on how to read classic poetry.
3 Reading Classic Prose Have your student read a couple of pages from "A Christmas Carol" By Charles Dickens. Ask them to explain what they read. What are some strategies they can use to help them understand the story better?
4 Figurative Language Have your student examine "A Christmas Carol" and find examples of figurative language being used. Have them write the examples in their Language Arts notebook and explain the meaning of the story.

Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
What Are the Classics?
  1. What is Classic Literature?
Reading Classic Poetry
  1. What strategies can you use to read classic poetry?
Reading Classic Prose
  1. How can reading strategies help you understand classic literature?
Figurative Language
  1. What is figurative language?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question
Reading Classic Prose Natalie Merchant
  1. What happened when Natalie Merchant first started reading classic poems?
  2. What helped her understand poetry?
Reading Classic Prose Classic Literature
  1. When was the golden age of the novel?
  2. What did Charles Dickens write about?
  3. What did Victor Hugo write?
  4. What was Moby Dick about?
Figurative Language Figurative Language
  1. What is figurative language?
  2. What are the different styles of figurative language?
  3. What is a simile?
  4. What is hyperbole?

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level
1 A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
2 Young Scrooge: A Very Scary Christmas Story R.L.Stine

Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing