This 12 page packet is designed for teachers to use with students, grades 5-8, as they read Tracker, by Gary Paulsen. Included is a bookmark master for students to use to keep track of vocabulary words while reading and using the student booklet. There is an 8 page student booklet that divides the text into three reading assignments of about 30 pages each with questions and tasks to go with each one. The fourth assignment is a culmination that offers the student choice and creativity. Finally, there is an answer key included in this packet.
The student booklet is designed for independent work so that students can work on this in class while the teacher is meeting with another group. It could also be used as homework, depending on what works best in your class. The questions and tasks in the student booklet cover and reinforce the skills that good readers and writers need. These include comprehension, inference, visualization, summarizing, vocabulary, and connecting to the text. Higher level thinking is required in much of the work in the booklet. In addition, the assignments give students ample practice in writing to explain their thinking and to demonstrate their understanding.
In my classroom students were responsible for completing one assignment each week. I gave them three, 40 minute periods per week to complete one assignment. Additionally, they would meet once a week with me (or an aide or a parent) and with the other students reading the same book (we called this a "book club" meeting) to discuss the book and review the assignments.
Tracker in a nutshell:
Thirteen year old John Borne, has lived with his grandparents since he was four and they are the only parents he really knows. Now the doctor discovers that Grandfather has cancer and that, "there is nothing more we can do". John wonders a lot about life and death as he goes about his farm chores and embarks on his first hunt without his grandfather. This book should hold especially strong appeal for boys.
Appropriate for students in grades 5-8. Reading level approximately 5th grade.
Created by Jean Martin.
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