Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell Resource Set

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Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell by Tom L. Matthews

Tom L. Matthews shares the interesting story of Alexander Graham Bell’s life that goes well beyond his invention of the telephone. Rich with photographs, prototype sketches, and direct quotations, this text captures the attention of readers and is a perfect anchor text for students learning to comprehend biographies. Additionally, this Book Club allows readers to practice analyzing how the features of nonfiction text contribute to the development of ideas.

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  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 3 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Analyzing the Features of Nonfiction Text
  • Chapter by Chapter Discussion Guide
  • Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Guide
  • Book Club Calendar
  • Conversation Prompts
  • Expectations for Book Club Anchor Chart / Student Reference Sheet
  • Student Self-Evaluation Forms
  • Running Record Assessment Tool
  • Student Reading Response Guide
  • Comprehension Assessment Rubric
  • Common Core State Standard Assessment Download
CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • Instructional Overview: L.6.6 RI.6.1 RI.6.10 RI.6.2 RI.6.3 RI.6.4 RI.6.5 RI.6.6 RI.6.7 RI.6.8 RI.6.9 SL.6.1a SL.6.1b SL.6.1c SL.6.1d SL.6.2 SL.6.3 W.6.8 W.6.9
  • Vocabulary: L.6.4a L.6.5 L.6.6
  • Instructional Overview: 5.6I 6.12A 6.12J 6.1A 6.1D 6.5A 6.5B 6.5C 6.5D 6.5E 6.5F 6.5G 6.5H 6.6C 6.6D 6.6E 6.6F 6.6G 6.6H 6.6I 6.7A 6.9A 6.9B 6.9C 6.9D 6.9E 6.9G
  • Vocabulary: 6.2A 6.2B 6.2C
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    Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for point of view along with a list of instructional objectives for each of the book club meetings and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.6.6 RI.6.1 RI.6.10 RI.6.2 RI.6.3 RI.6.4 RI.6.5 RI.6.6 RI.6.7 RI.6.8 RI.6.9 SL.6.1a SL.6.1b SL.6.1c SL.6.1d SL.6.2 SL.6.3 W.6.8 W.6.9
    TEKS Alignment:

    5.6I 6.12A 6.12J 6.1A 6.1D 6.5A 6.5B 6.5C 6.5D 6.5E 6.5F 6.5G 6.5H 6.6C 6.6D 6.6E 6.6F 6.6G 6.6H 6.6I 6.7A 6.9A 6.9B 6.9C 6.9D 6.9E 6.9G

    Book Club Management Resources

    The management resources include a calendar, conversation prompts, student self-evaluation forms, reading response board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.

    Meeting #1: Introduce Analyzing the Features of Nonfiction Text

    The ability to name and notice nonfiction text features is an important skill for readers to have. In this book club meeting, students will be introduced to the reasons why authors use nonfiction text features. They will also begin to explore how features of nonfiction text are used in Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell by Tom L. Matthews

    Meeting #2: Exploring How Nonfiction Text Features Help Develop Ideas

    Authors use a variety of nonfiction text features to develop ideas. This book club meeting will help your students understand how photographs, maps, and captions can work to develop key ideas in the text.

    Meeting #3: Reflecting on the Role of Nonfiction Text Features in Developing Ideas in a Text

    In this book club meeting for Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell students will have the opportunity to explain how the features of nonfiction text can be used to effectively communicate ideas.

    Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with analyzing the features of nonfiction text.

    Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell Common Core Assessment

    This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students' overall comprehension of Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.

    Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes Book Club Management Resources for use with Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell by Tom L. Matthews. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell, it's helpful to review new vocabulary used in the story. Either download Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.6.4a L.6.5 L.6.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    6.2A 6.2B 6.2C

    Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell Book Club Resource Set.

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell Resource Set.

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