Altamonte Springs, Florida (PressExposure) August 26, 2009 -- When high school language arts teacher Jan Leigh could not find literature guides that included mini-lessons, vocabulary words with their meanings, journal prompts, activity sheets, discussion questions, and end-of-book writing projects, she contacted her writing friend Dale Slongwhite.
"Are you up to designing another unit?" she asked.
The pair had previously collaborated on a writing unit covering the short story, the essay, and poetry for grades 6-8 that was used in many private schools in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and Bermuda.
"When do we start?" Dale asked.
The pair put hours into creating guides so that teachers of literature can do what they wanted to do in the first place -- teach.
All guides are organized in table format, making them easy to read. They include the lesson objective, the materials needed (most of which are included in the guides), a mini-lesson using the book to teach elements of literature, 3 journal prompts, an activity sheet, a vocabulary activity sheet with the answer sheet for teachers, discussion questions, quizzes, end of book test, and more.
The guides are instantly downloadable and reasonably priced at $25.00. Guides are approximately 80 pages.