Among the Hidden was not a novel I used as totally my own choice. As we started our new school year in August, we had a request from our administration. They wanted us to use a class read aloud during our grade level self-selected reading time for the start of the year. I must admit that I was not overjoyed at this request. But, I looked for a title that was new for me too and hoped for the best. And, I was HAPPY once I made my choice! Among the Hidden was awesome! I had long heard of the Among the Hidden series from my son and other teachers, but I had never taken the time to read it. Reading it with my seventh grade boys was fun! 🙂 Of course as we read, the ELA teacher in me kicked in. Although I knew at the end the boys would take an Accelerated Reader test on the entire novel, I wanted to be sure they were comprehending the novel along the way. So, I made up tests to use for after chapters six, twelve, eighteen, twenty-four, and thirty. You can look at the types of questions I used on the Among the Hidden here.
I also decided to use a Venn diagram with the fourteenth chapter of Among the Hidden. (I placed this in the sample unit.) I wanted to use this to be sure the kids had a clear contrast in mind of Jen’s wealth and Luke’s poverty. And, I think anyone reading Among the Hidden can appreciate the allusions Haddix uses. 🙂 With my students, I focused on the Alice in Wonderland and “Give me liberty or give me death.” examples.
As we completed Among the Hidden, I had my kids write some poems based on the novel. And, they worked with a partner to choose a mini-project to complete. The best news is, many of the boys were hooked on the series after reading Among the Hidden and read more about the Shadow children. Score!
Now, feel free to take a look at a little snip-it of my lessons for Among the Hidden here. You will see that I added a vocabulary component that I will use the next time I use Among the Hidden with a group. 🙂
Oh! One more thing! I decided to purchase the book from Audible from Amazon. I downloaded the app to my iPad and then if a student was absent, he could listen to what we read in class. Great option to have!