Brown Girl Dreaming Resource Set

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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.

Teach with Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

This Book Club Super Pack includes a Common Core aligned lesson plan and set of resources designed to support small group reading instruction.

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 9 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Character Analysis
  • 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
CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • CCSS Alignment: L.5.6 RF.5.3 RF.5.4 RI.5.1 RI.5.10 RI.5.2 RI.5.3 RI.5.4 RI.5.5 RI.5.6 RI.5.8 RI.5.9 RL.5.7 SL.5.1a SL.5.1b SL.5.1c SL.5.1d SL.5.2 SL.5.3 SL.5.6 W.5.8 W.5.9
  • Vocabulary: L.5.4a L.5.5 L.5.6
  • Instructional Overview: 5.10A 5.10B 5.10D 5.10E  5.10F 5.13A 5.13C 5.13E 5.13H 5.1A 5.1C 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 5.9B 5.9D(i)
  • Vocabulary: 5.3A 5.3B 5.7E 5.7F
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    Brown Girl Dreaming Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    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.
    TEKS Alignment:

    5.10A 5.10B 5.10D 5.10E  5.10F 5.13A 5.13C 5.13E 5.13H 5.1A 5.1C 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 5.9B 5.9D(i)

    Book Club Management 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.

    Meeting #1: Introduce Character Analysis

    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.

    Meeting #2: Analyzing Feelings

    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.

    Meeting #3: Visualizing

    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.

    Meeting #4: Determining Importance

    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.

    Meeting #5: Comparing and Contrasting

    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.

    Meeting #6: Synthesizing

    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.

    Meeting #7: Cause and Effect

    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.

    Meeting #8: Speakers Reflect on Topics

    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.

    Meeting #9: Reflecting on Historical Significance

    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.

    Brown Girl Dreaming Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with character analysis.

    Brown Girl Dreaming Common Core Assessment

    This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students' overall comprehension of brown girl dreaming and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.

    Brown Girl Dreaming Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of brown girl dreaming. 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 brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    Brown Girl Dreaming Vocabulary Connections

    Your students will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of brown girl dreaming if they’re prepared for new vocabulary introduced in this text. And this classroom-ready Vocabulary Builder has everything you need. Download the individual Vocabulary Builder or the Super Pack for fun, productive activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.5.4a L.5.5 L.5.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    5.3A 5.3B 5.7E 5.7F

    Brown Girl Dreaming Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by brown girl dreaming Book Club Resource Set.

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the brown girl dreaming Resource Set.

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