This is a comprehensive book group packet based on the novel The Music of Dolphins, by Karen Hesse. It features guiding questions for students to complete either independently or with teacher support and discuss during guided reading lessons.
The novel unit has 5 sections which should each take about the same amount of time, and I generally have the kids complete one section a week, so the unit can be completed in 5 weeks.
Questions cover a variety of topics, such as theme, figurative language, symbolism, character motivation, vocabulary building, and much much more. It mixes questions that vary in levels of Bloom's Taxonomy and ask students to really think about their reading.
The beauty of this packet is that as a soft copy you will be able to adjust for different levels and add to or take away from the packet as much as you'd like. Vocabulary questions might have to be adjusted to make the page numbers fit the specific books you are using.
This is a fabulous and engaging book with endless levels of depth and understanding. It is really interesting how the author matches the text to the main character's cognitive level as she learns how to communicate. It would work well as a middle or end of 4th grade, middle of 5th grade, or lower 6th, 7th, or 8th grade study.
This is a great document and I'll definitely be using it with my 5th graders during our whole class/independent novel study. The questions/activities provided for each section of the book promote higher order thinking and I believe they can easily be aligned with CCLS standards. I'll have to adapt the rubric a tiny bit (we don't use letter grades), but everything looks great so far!
September 16, 2012
I used this with sixth graders, struggling readers, and loved the clear rubric for grading. There were so many questions, so I was able to easily choose those I wanted to use and highlite them, and the kids loved not doing all the questions.
The content of this study guide is excellent, although it doesn't have the visual appeal that I was hoping for.
October 24, 2011
please number the pages. It got confusing as my printer started spitting them out.
May 21, 2011
Thanks, this is quite thorough. I like the fact that it starts with a rubric and has a good amount of space for full sentence responses. It focuses on the inferring required to understand the book and asks kids to process their inferences in writing. Author's purpose, metaphors and similes, themes, and analysis all show up in the questions.
November 5, 2010
This was GREAT!! I'll definitely come back again to your site.