This novel study contains comprehension questions for each chapter of the book "The Family Under the Bridge" by Natalie Savage Carlson. This book is written at a 4.75 reading level.
The Christmas season in Paris is the setting for the book and the narrative is about a homeless man, Armand, who has disdained family for a carefree existence. Armand's way of life is challenged when he meets a woman and her three children who are living at his spot under the bridge.
Each section of this novel study has a scoring guide that can be used to help students reflect and improve on their written responses to reading. These can easily be changed to meet the needs of your students and your teaching.
For chapter, students are asked to create "juicy questions" to bring to their book group discussions. To scaffold students in the creation of higher-level questions, I post appropriate "question stems" in the classroom and encourage students to use them and / or create their own. See the following website for details: http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/researchskills/dalton.htm
At the end of the comprehension questions, you will find over 50 related activities for this book. With hands-on activities, students are encouraged to be minds-on thinkers and problem-solvers. These projects are especially helpful in differentiating for diverse learners.
Related Common Core Standards for reading (literature) and writing are listed.
I am very excited to begin this novel after the Christmas holiday. I will be introducing it to my low-reader 7th graders, who studied the issue of homelessness just before the holiday break. Your resource is just what I need for this unit. Thank you for taking the time to create it.