The Widow's Broom

  • "The story involves a widow named Minna Shaw. One evening, a witch falls from her broom when it loses the ability to fly and lands in the garden near Minna Shaw's house. Minna Shaw takes her in until she recovers, and when she does, the witch calls a friend to "drive" her home, leaving her own broom behind." - Wikipedia

    This unit has been developed with activities and worksheets that are aligned with the Texas Essential Skills and Knowledge for easy curriculum integration.  There is a video where the story is told in American Sign Langauge by Russell Harvard to help Deaf and Hard of Hearing students make better connections with the story and text to increase their literacy skills.

Activities

  • Analogies

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    Length of Activity: 15 minutes
    Directions: Fill in the blanks with the correct analogy.


    Character Analysis

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    Length of Activity: 20 minutes
    Directions: Compare the relationship between Minna Shaw and the broom, and Mr. Spivey and the broom.  Write specific examples.


    Compound Sentences

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    Length of Activity: 10 minutes
    Directions: Write words that can be used to turn two simple sentences into a compound sentence.


    Comprehension Questions

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    Length of Activity: 10 minutes
    Directions: Answer the questions in complete sentences.


    Context Clues

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    Length of Activity: 15 minutes
    Directions: Read Chris Van Allsburg's sentences below from The Widow's Broom.  Use the contect clues from the sentences to write a definition for each of the underlined words.


    Foreshadowing

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    Length of Activity: 25 minutes
    Directions: Foreshadowing is hints or clues that tell you what will happen later in the story.  As you read The Widow's Broom, determine what clues Chris Van Allsburg provides in his story that hint at an event to come.


    Inferences

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    Length of Activity: 25 minutes
    Directions: Make four inferences while reading The Widow's Broom.


    Moral

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    Length of Activity: 20 minutes
    Directions: Write the moral of the story.  Give details to explain how you came to this conclusion.


    Point of View

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    Length of Activity: 15 minutes
    Directions: In each pair of glasses, explain/define/or show examples of that point of view.  When you are done, identify what point of view The Widow's Broom is written in. Provide examples.


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    Length of Activity: 20 minutes
    Directions: View the first five pages of The Widow's Broom and study the illustrations (do not read the text).  When you are done, make four predictions you have for the story.


    Punctuation

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    Length of Activity: 25 minutes
    Directions: Read the passage below from Chris Van Allsburg's The Widow's Broom.  Determine where punctuation (including commas, apostrophies, periods, etc) should be, and add them.  Be sure to make necessary edits to capitalization where necessary.


    Sensory Images

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    Length of Activity: 20 minutes
    Directions: What are sensory images?  In the chart below, draw five pictures to represent the five senses.  During or after reading The Widow's Broom, categorize Chris Van Allsburg's sensory details.


    Summary

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    Length of Activity: 20 minutes
    Directions: Write a summary of the story The Widow's Broom.  


    Writing

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    Length of Activity: 1 hour
    Directions: Write a story about a broom left at your house by a witch.  Explain all of it's magical powers and what happens when your neighbors and friends find out about it.