304.  I love to show my students the film "Where The Red Fern Grows" and I would love to have them READ the book BEFORE seeing the film.   How can I do that?


Wish ALL books that we ask our students to read would have a film to help them visualize the story.  But I agree that READING the book should come first, BEFORE seeing the film, since the film is very selective in terms of the parts of the story and the order of events that are presented.

You will find here a rather lengthy vocabulary --organized by MEANING CATEGORIES/per chapters-- that you could use to help students understand as they read.   No question that URBAN students, in the 21st Century, would have a difficult time "picturing" rural Oklahoma in the 1930's.  But with LOTS and LOTS of visuals BEFORE the reading, and with many opportunities to research interesting topics through the Internet, the book "Where The Red Fern Grows" offers a fascinating adventure to 7th graders, especially in URBAN settings.

Among the visual I used as we read the book in my own 7th grade classes for Re-designated English Learners and Speakers of Non-standard Dialect of English, were pictures of URBAN raccoons in West Los Angeles, right in my own front yard, along with possums and many other "urban wild" animals only found in RURAL settings!!!!

ATTACHMENT:  Vocabulary for "Where The Red Fern Grows"



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