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Depth and Complexity  Critical Thinking Literature Circles  Book Clubs
Add some depth and complexity to traditional Literature Circles with this complete and ready-to-use resource! You will be amazed by the level of discussion and critical thinking that will take place among your students. Each Literature Circle role (listed below) is directly connected to 11 element

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James and the Giant Peach Book Companion: A Mega Resource Pack
This is a mega resource pack for Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach. Perfect for students reading the book independently, in small groups, or as a whole group. This pack includes: Vocabulary Cards (organized by chapter) Before Reading Activities Making Predictions Think & Resp
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The One and Only Ivan: A Reading-Response Journal for Third-Fifth Grade
Please be sure to download the free five-page preview/sample file!The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate is one of the greatest novels I have ever read to my students. It not only brought us closer together as a class, it generated many wonderful, rich conversations. Somehow, this text is bo
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Depth and Complexity  Critical Thinking Literary Response Booklet
Incorporate Depth and Complexity into your next novel study! Take your students’ learning to new “depths” with this Critical Thinking Literary Response Booklet. This open-ended resource can be used with any piece of literature in a variety of grades (4-8+). This kit comes with everything you need

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Depth and Complexity  Critical Thinking Resource for The Lightning Thief
Reading and Responding to The Lightning Thief with Depth and Complexity! Bring your students’ thinking and discussion to a whole new level while reading Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief. This critical thinking companion resource is designed to “dig deeper” when compared to traditional novel works
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Depth and Complexity  Critical Thinking Resource for Sign of the Beaver
Reading and Responding to The Sign of the Beaver with Depth and Complexity! Bring your students’ thinking and discussion to a whole new level while reading Elizabeth George Speare’s The Sign of The Beaver. This critical thinking companion resource is designed to “dig deeper” when compared to tradit
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Depth and Complexity  Critical Thinking Resource for The Giver
Reading and Responding to The Giver and Complexity! Bring your students’ thinking and discussion to a whole new level while reading Lois Lowry’s The Giver. This critical thinking companion resource is designed to “dig deeper” when compared to traditional novel worksheets available. Each chapter ha
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READING RESPONSE JOURNAL: Use With Any Book
Questions, prompts, graphic organizers, and guided writing assignments help build comprehension and metacognition skills, helping students think within, about, and beyond the text! This Common Core-aligned Reader Response Journal truly pushes students to show evidence of their thinking while readi
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I highly recommend going through the Phantom of the Opera with your upper grade or jr. high students. This video explains a breakdown of this unit and highlights some of their projects. My 6th grade students loved it. I did this with groups that came into the year well below grade level in many are
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"Book Bits": a Fun Pre-reading Activity for Tuck Everlasting
"Book Bits" are carefully selected snippets of information from the book. There are 47 “Book Bits”, however, you will only need one for each student; you can pick and choose which ones you like the most. 1. Give each student a “Book Bit”. The students will read their individual “Book Bits” and be
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Depth and Complexity  Critical Thinking Resource for Tuck Everlasting
Reading and Responding to Tuck Everlasting with Depth and Complexity! Bring your students’ thinking and discussion to a whole new level while reading Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting. This critical thinking companion resource is designed to “dig deeper” when compared to traditional novel workshee
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Depth and Complexity  Critical Thinking Resource for Hatchet
Reading and Responding to Hatchet with Depth and Complexity! Bring your students’ thinking and discussion to a whole new level while reading Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet. This critical thinking companion resource is designed to “dig deeper” when compared to traditional novel worksheets available. Each c
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Depth and Complexity  Critical Thinking Literary Mini-Books
This resource includes 11 individual mini-books (one for each element of critical thinking-) that can be used with ANY novel. The mini-books measure about 5 x 7 inches, contain 3-5 pages, and can be glued into an interactive notebook or lapbook. They can be used as a concluding project once student

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Depth and Complexity {Literary Lapbooks}
These Depth and Complexity Literary Lapbooks present a creative, engaging, and interactive way for your students to critically respond to ANY novel. You will love the versatility of these lapbooks and will find them very easy to customize to suit the various learners that you work with. There are

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Book vs. Movie
Book vs. Movie Printables: FREE Use these two printables after you have read the book and then seen the movie version. Great for comparing and contrasting and thinking critically about how the movie was made. Thanks for looking and have a great day! Rachel Lynette
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FREE The Book vs. The Movie Graphic Organizers
This FREE resource includes four graphic organizers for teachers to use when their students are comparing a book with it's movie version. Simplify your lesson planning with this print-and-go packet! I used to be wary of assigning a book report for a book that had a movie - afraid that too many of m
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Depth and Complexity  Critical Thinking Resource for Number the Stars
Reading and Responding to Number the Stars with Depth and Complexity! Bring your students’ thinking and discussion to a whole new level while reading Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars. This critical thinking companion resource is designed to “dig deeper” when compared to traditional novel worksheets av
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"Book Bits": a Fun Pre-reading Activity for The Sign of The Beaver
"Book Bits" are carefully selected snippets of information from the book. There are 47 “Book Bits”, however, you will only need one for each student; you can pick and choose which ones you like the most. 1. Give each student a “Book Bit”. The students will read their individual “Book Bits” and be
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Depth and Complexity  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Reading and Responding to The Witch of Blackbird Pond with Depth and Complexity! Bring your students’ thinking and discussion to a whole new level while reading Elizabeth George Speare’s The Witch of Blackbird Pond. This critical thinking companion resource is designed to “dig deeper” when compared
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Depth and Complexity  Critical Thinking Resource for My Brother Sam is Dead
Reading and Responding to My Brother Sam is Dead with Depth and Complexity! Bring your students’ thinking and discussion to a whole new level while reading James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier’s My Brother Sam is Dead. This critical thinking companion resource is designed to “dig deeper” w
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Depth and Complexity  The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
Reading and Responding to The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle with Depth and Complexity! Bring your students’ thinking and discussion to a whole new level while reading Avi’s The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. This critical thinking companion resource is designed to “dig deeper” when comp
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Depth and Complexity  Critical Thinking Resource for Where the Red Fern Grows
Reading and Responding to Where the Red Fern Grows with Depth and Complexity! Bring your students’ thinking and discussion to a whole new level while reading Wilson Rawls’s Where the Red Fern Grows. This critical thinking companion resource is designed to “dig deeper” when compared to traditional n
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"Book Bits": a Fun Pre-reading Activity for Hatchet
Pique student interest and activate critical thinking before beginning a novel-study unit! "Book Bits" are carefully selected snippets of information from the book. There are 45 “Book Bits”, however, you will only need one for each student; you can pick and choose which ones you like the most. 1.
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Chapter Book Independent Work
I created this for my second graders to complete while they are reading a chapter book with their partner. I needed the bulk of my students to work independently while I conduct a small phonics group. I wanted to help them to engage with their books, make connections, and build their comprehension w
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"Book Bits": a Fun Pre-reading Activity for Number the Stars
Pique student interest and activate critical thinking before beginning a novel-study unit! "Book Bits" are carefully selected snippets of information from the book. There are 47 “Book Bits”, however, you will only need one for each student; you can pick and choose which ones you like the most. 1.
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Any Book Cell Phone Activity Common Core Aligned
Character Cell Phone Creative and Critical-Thinking Activity Common Core Aligned for Grades 6-12 ELA-Literacy Creative activity that is especially helpful when reading difficult texts, such as those by Shakespeare, Poe, Dickens, Austen, etc.. or reading works such as Beowulf and The Canterbury Tale
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"Book Bits": a Fun Pre-reading Activity for The Lightning Thief
"Book Bits" are carefully selected snippets of information from the book. There are 50 “Book Bits”, however, you will only need one for each student; you can pick and choose which ones you like the most. 1. Give each student a “Book Bit”. The students will read their individual “Book Bits” and be
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City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau,  10 Project Challenges
A set of activities for every two chapters for the book, "City of Ember", by Jeanne DuPrau. These are independent activities that students can complete on their own using research and creativity. Activities include: a travel brochure, report, field guide, character analysis, etc. There are 10 cha
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"Book Bits": a Fun Pre-reading Activity for The Giver
"Book Bits" are carefully selected snippets of information from the book. There are 44 “Book Bits”, however, you will only need one for each student; you can pick and choose which ones you like the most. 1. Give each student a “Book Bit”. The students will read their individual “Book Bits” and be
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Hatchet Unit - Comprehensive Novel Study (Newbery Award Winner)
This Hatchet novel study includes questions for constructed response, questions for literature groups, quick quizzes, vocabulary, a problem-based learning activity, and a theme activity - everything you need! Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich, this unit is classroom tested and kid approved.
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Bloom's Taxonomy Literature/Informational Text Response Booklets
Using Bloom’s Taxonomy in the classroom allows the teacher to use higher level thinking skills while offering a differentiated curriculum. These response Booklets let students read any type of literature or informational text and complete an activity using each level of Bloom’s. Key vocabulary wor
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"Hunger Games" Would You Rather Questions
"Hunger Games" Would You Rather Questions FREE Got a few extra minutes? Ask your students one of these intriguing Would You Rather questions about the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. You can also get Panem to Panem, a game based on Hunger Games and inspired by the popular party game, Apples to
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Franny K Stein Frantastic Voyage comprehension / writing ideas
Are you looking for a fantastic chapter book for a read aloud or guided reading? Look no further because Franny K Stein Mad Scientist Frantastic Voyage will capture the attention of every child in your class including the boys! First you need the book Franny K Stein Mad Scientist Frantastic Voyage
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The BFG by Roald Dahl - STEM Challenge
This STEM challenge is a great activity to use after finishing the story, "The BFG," by Roald Dahl. It uses measurement skills, critical thinking, and the design principles to celebrate literature! I hope this challenge can be useful in your classroom! This challenge includes a ready-to-go packet f
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"Harry Potter"  Would You Rather Questions
"Harry Potter" Would You Rather Questions FREE Got a few extra minutes? Ask your students one of these intriguing Would You Rather questions about the The Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling. You may also want to check out "Harry Potter" Hogwarts to Hogwarts Game a game based on Hunger Games and
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My Brother Sam is Dead - Interactive Book Project
This HyperDoc is designed for use on a computer or tablet to be completed with the reading of the book "My Brother Sam is Dead" by James and Christopher Collier. It includes questions and activities for each chapter, some based on the book and some based on videos and articles hyperlinked within thi
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Chains Interactive Book Project
Included in this HyperDoc are questions and activities designed to aid and deepen comprehension and spark critical thinking—all in line with Common Core—while reading the novel Chains. Perfect for iPads or Chromebooks, more than 50 hyperlinks are included in this PDF, so your students are just click
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The Phantom Tollbooth: Novel Study Unit Plan
This 6 - 8 week novel study will guide students through an imaginative exploration and critical analysis of Norton Juster’s classic, fun-filled tale, The Phantom Tollbooth. Students will be challenged to think deeply about the book’s themes and respond thoughtfully through written work and oral disc
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Character "Tags" Lit/Novel Activity: Family Guy, Twilight, Superhero
ALIGNED with the ELA COMMON CORE STANDARDS! Students love to tag one another in pictures on Facebook. By using that same concept in a novel study or in a history lesson, students will match up characters/historical figures to various cartoon, movie, and TV show characters. They have to justify their
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"Book Bits": a Fun Pre-reading Activity for My Brother Sam is Dead
Pique student interest and activate critical thinking before beginning a novel-study unit! "Book Bits" are carefully selected snippets of information from the book. There are 47 “Book Bits”, however, you will only need one for each student; you can pick and choose which ones you like the most. 1.
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Out of the Dust: A Complete Novel Investigation
Out of the Dust; Novel Study and Extensions Comprehension is the goal (and the most mysterious part) of reading. Research shows that readers must use a number of cognitive strategies in order to process what they’ve read. These strategies include visualizing, questioning, retelling or synthesizing,
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Multiple Intelligences Investigate a Book Menu
This product has over 40 different creative and fun ideas to use alongside the Multiple Intelligences paradigm. Teachers know that students have different learning styles, or multiple intelligences. Many teachers even spend the beginning part of the year helping students identify what these are (
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"Book Bits": a Fun Pre-reading Activity for Where the Red Fern Grows
"Book Bits" are carefully selected snippets of information from the book. There are 52 “Book Bits”, however, you will only need one for each student; you can pick and choose which ones you like the most. 1. Give each student a “Book Bit”. The students will read their individual “Book Bits” and be
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Wizard of Oz Unit of Study- Over 250 pages of resources with BRAG TAGS!
***ENTIRE PRODUCT RECENTLY UPDATED!! PLEASE REDOWNLOAD IF YOU'VE ALREADY PURCHASED!***** I can't wait for you to "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" (Sorry for the cheesy pun :D) with over 280 Pages of PURE FUN to accompany the Wizard of Oz novel. **I used the condensed version with my Second Graders,
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"Book Bits": a Fun Pre-reading Activity for The Witch of Blackbird Pond
"Book Bits" are carefully selected snippets of information from the book. There are 47 “Book Bits”, however, you will only need one for each student; you can pick and choose which ones you like the most. 1. Give each student a “Book Bit”. The students will read their individual “Book Bits” and be
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Magic Tree House #2 Knight at Dawn Text Dependent Comprehension Questions
Magic Tree House #2 Knight at Dawn Text Dependent Comprehension Questions I created this packet of reading response comprehension questions to use with my “independent” readers who are ready to dig deeper into what they are reading. This Magic Tree House The Knight at Dawn is a 2.9 reading level.
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Because of Winn-Dixie Interactive Book Project
This HyperDoc is designed to be used on a computer or tablet (perfect for iPads or Chromebooks) while reading Because of Winn-Dixie. Included in this PDF are questions and activities designed to aid and deepen comprehension and spark critical thinking—all in line with Common Core. More than 25 links
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Magic Tree House: Thanksgiving on Thursday Book Study
This is a novel study on Magic Tree House: Thanksgiving on Thursday. Included in this packet are plans for each chapter. Students will make predictions, make text connections, compare and contrast using Venn diagrams, and complete vocabulary activities. Also included are picture book ideas and no
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Hatchet PBL - Problem-Based Learning Activities
Can your students find Brian using information from the book? Based on Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, this simulation presents three possible scenarios. You choose the one that's right for your class. 1. You Are Brian - Students take the role of Brian and pull information from the text to communicate in
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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Brain Teasers and Creative Thinking Activities
Thank you for viewing Literacy Enrichment Series : Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing from BrainWorks Academy! Experience a new twist on a beloved classic as your students stretch their thinking and see the tale in a whole new way! There are so many resources out there that have students recall basic
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The Westing Game - An Investigator's Case File Template w/ Google Documents
This incredibly fun, but confusing mystery is the perfect resource for studying clues, character traits & development, setting, symbolism, critical thinking, and text features. Using a “case file” will help teach them note-taking, organization and logical thinking skills as they do their best
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Pedro's Journal Interactive Book Project
This HyperDoc is designed to be used on a computer or tablet (perfect for iPads or Chromebooks) while reading Pedro’s Journal. Questions and activities have been developed to aid and deepen comprehension and spark critical thinking—all in line with Common Core. More than 20 links are embedded in thi
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Sign of the Beaver Interactive Book Project
This HyperDoc is designed for use with a computer or tablet while reading Sign of the Beaver. Knowing every minute is precious, I incorporated as many subjects as possible and to keep students engaged there are links to text, audio, video, and images. This project includes: figurative language, cha
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