a much needed snow day off from school, I think about my plans for when I head
back. Seeing as how it will still be
very cold and somewhat snowy when we do return, my students might in the mood
for some snow-themed literature. If your
area is covered with a blanket of snow as well, consider a wintry lesson while
the ground thaws! Depending on the level of students you teach or how much time
you have, check out this list of stories that features a snowy setting. What’s
better than that? Print-and-go lessons
to accompany them, so you can make the most of your spontaneous snow days, too!
by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost: This poem may be the most obvious choice for a snow-day lesson, but have you considered pairing it with music? In my classroom-tested mini lesson, students explore theme across texts.
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: Much like Frankenstein, I believe that I could work The Hunger Games into just about any lesson or unit I am doing regardless. It’s certainly one of my favorite young adult texts, and it’s perfect for my list of texts that made the cold cut. From President Snow himself to the cold setting in District 12 to Katniss’s icy personality, The Hunger Games would be a hot pick for a snow day flick. And for kicks, check out my previous post Where Frozen Meets the Hunger Games!
Giver by Lois Lowry: I vividly remember first reading this novel in the 7th grade, and I fell in love. In. Love. I read it over and over, and then I read the sequel. I imagined each and every scene in my mind as my 7th grade teacher read it aloud to our literature class. I can still see those images I pictured when I read it even now. Needless to say, it was those images that I hoped to see on the big screen when the movie version was released in 2014. I wasn’t entirely correct with my visions, of course, but surprisingly, what I had dreamed up for the Giver himself as well as the last scene of the snowy home was similar to what developed on screen. That is most certainly a credit to the master of words that is Lois Lowry. I’m excited about my newest item: The Giver Movie Viewing Guide.