G5-6 Book Club–The Phantom Tollbooth- 5 Lessons curriculum-Trial


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Book Description内容简介


  Illustrated in black-and-white. This ingenious fantasy centers around Milo, a bored ten-year-old who comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives through the tollbooth’s gates and begins a memorable journey. He meets such characters as the foolish, yet lovable Humbug, the Mathemagician, and the not-so-wicked andquot; Which, andquot; Faintly Macabre, who gives Milo the andquot; impossibleandquot; mission of returning two princesses to the Kingdom of Wisdom.

Essential Questions:
1. What can people learn from their experiences?
2. What makes places unique and different? How can an author make you feel like you’re experiencing those places?
3. How is conflict built into a story?
4. How does an author develop a character’s personality?

Literary Terms:
Anonymous Character
Literary Analysis
Writing Skills
Discussion Skills

Reading Schedule
Lesson 1- Ch 1-3
Read p 1-27
Lesson 2 Ch 4-6
Read p 26-51
Lesson 3 – Ch. 7-10
Read p. 51-79
Lesson 4 – Ch 11-16
Read p. 180-130
Lesson 5 – Ch 17-end
Read p. 130-end
Writing Lesson comparing both books – The Alchemist & The Phantom Tollbooth

About the Author作者简介

Norton Juster is an architect and the author of other highly acclaimed children’s books, including The Dot and the Line, The Hello, Goodbye Window, illustrated by Chris Raschka, which received the Caldecott Medal, and The Odious Ogre, also illustrated by Jules Feiffer.
诺顿·贾斯特(Norton Juster)
Jules Feiffer is the author and illustrator of two novels for young readers, as well as several acclaimed picture books, including Bark, George and Meanwhile . . . He has won numerous prizes for his cartoons, plays, and screenplays.
朱尔斯·费弗(Jules Feiffer)

Lesson format:

  • Engage: Show some sort of video or do a hands on activity that hooks the students into the lesson.
  • Warm-up: Speaking & Vocabulary Investigation
  • Journal: Write about a Topic from the Lesson; Brainstorm & Writing Practice
  • Lesson: Literary Topic Dissected
    • Group Reading & Analysis
    • Discussion
  • Independent Reading & Writing Assignment (to complete at home)
  • Enrichment Activities – connect literature to modern day & your own life!

About the teacher

Ms. Lara has taught English for fifteen years in different countries around the world. After getting her BA in Sociology and Photography at the University of California, San Diego, she worked with students with special needs for several years, trying to understand every kind of learner and diverse modalities of helping students to utilize their strengths and access learning from their own points of view. She has taught in Honduras and Hungary, as well as many kinds of schools around the US. After teaching English, Science, Art, and Music to 2nd, 6th, 10th and 11th grade students in the Caribbean, she came back to the
US, and got her teaching credential at California State Monterey Bay. Following this, she taught at a small high school in Santa Cruz, CA for twelve years, where she instructed 9-12th grade English, Art, Digital Photography, and History as well as Advanced Placement classes for 5 years. In 2012, she took a hiatus to complete a year as a Fulbright exchange teacher in Budapest, where she taught ESL and was an ambassador for the US. She was nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2015, and received a commendation for her work in 2018. She now tutors students in many subjects, while being a student herself, pursuing another degree. She enjoys working with students and learning from them, and finding new ways to communicate and understand the world around us.

Hi, I’m Ms. Ayala,  I have been an educator since 2006.  I have taught all levels of English and Literature including Middle and High School levels as well as regular, honors, Pre IB and AP Literature. My passion for Literature is my best teaching quality followed by my ability to make connections with students.  My passion for education also grew into completing all of my Doctoral work in the field of Higher Education, which assists me to understand what Colleges expect from their students. 

When I am not sharing my passion for books with students, I am sharing my time with my family, especially my three boys in Roswell, Ga.  I am looking forward to sharing my life’s passion with you and making you successful in fulfilling your goals.


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