This set of plans is to be used with the novel Any Small Goodness by Tony Johnston. Any Small Goodness is a work of fiction about an adolescent boy, Arturo, who moves to Los Angeles from Mexico with his family. The story describes the family adapting to their new neighborhood. Although life in the new neighborhood presents challenges, Arturo learns about acts of "small goodness" that come to define his experience.
All of the activities in the lesson plans are research based, and references to this research can be found throughout. They are appropriate for use with struggling readers in middle school and focus on improving reading comprehension.
During these lessons, students will do the following (corresponding English Language Arts and Reading standards from the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills [TEKS] for grades 6–8 are listed with each student objective):
The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk. (2012). Reading instruction for middle school students: Lessons for improving comprehension through "Any Small Goodness" by Tony Johnston. Austin, TX: Author.
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Any Small Goodness Lesson Plan (zip file - 3MB)
The research on which these materials were based was supported in part by grant P50 HD052117 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of NICHD or the National Institutes of Health.
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