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The Other Side Super Pack
The Other Side is a story about a town with a long fence. The fence divides people according to the color of their skin. White people live on one side. Black people live on the other. While the main characters forge a friendship that does not see color, your students will have rich opportunities to connect with the text, practice retelling, identify the author’s purpose, and to visualize.
Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
- Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
- Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
- Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
- Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Final syllable –le and consonant + le
- Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
- Running Record Assessment
- Extension Activities for Early Finishers
- Answer Keys
- Complete Common Core Alignment
- and More!
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Comprehension Strategy Resources
All comprehension strategy packs come complete with a step by step strategy lesson plan, guided page by page think sheet, answer key, text based reader's notebook prompt, and complete common core alignment
Identifying the Author's Purpose The Other Side
Helping students understand America's history is important. The Other Side provides readers with plenty of opportunity to engage with the story on a deeper level. Use this lesson plan and set of resources to help readers think about the author's purpose.
Making Connections with The Other Side
While it may be difficult for most children to make a connection with a book about segregation, it won't be hard for your students to connect with the deeper story within the pages of The Other Side. Use Jacqueline Woodson's description of new found friendship to help readers make connections between the text and their own experiences.
Retelling and Summarizing with The Other Side
The Other Side gives students an opportunity to retell and summarize simple stories with strong messages. Use this lesson plan and set of resources to focus on key story elements and to track how the story unfolds.
Synthesizing with The Other Side
The Other Side is the perfect anchor text for teaching readers how to synthesize. Teach students how to track the ways in which characters change across a text then spend some time comparing the past with the present.
Visualizing with The Other Side
The illustrations in The Other Side beautifully compliment the story. Use this visualizing lesson plan and set of resources to help readers compare their mental images to the illustrations. Then spend some time talking about the ways in which illustration can add to our comprehension of the text.
The Other Side Extension Activity
The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.
The Other Side Running Record
Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The Other Side. 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 comprehension strategy practice pages, reader's notebook prompts (complete with Spanish Common Core "I Can" statements), and extension activities for use with The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.
A step by step lesson plan, interactive activity, and set of resources to help students learn about words in the context of their reading. Each package helps readers practice naming, noticing, and using specific words parts and patterns.
The Other Side Word Work - Final syllable –le and consonant + le
The Other Side isn’t just a great anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies; it also pairs well with a phonics lesson on final syllable –le and consonant + le. Select this individual lesson or download the The Other Side super pack to access lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets that directly tie word study to your classroom reading.
Each package includes a list of specific vocabulary words found within the book and a set of resources to help students build their vocabulary, practice using new words, and to become more aware of new vocabulary while working and reading independently.
The Other Side Vocabulary Connections
Before your students can successfully comprehend and enjoy The Other Side, they must be able to decode new vocabulary used in the story. When you choose any of our comprehension strategy packs, you’ll also receive resources and activities that support vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words. Download these resources to pre-teach Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary words.