43 Old Cemetery Road: Dying to Meet You Novel Unit

Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
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57 pages
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Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise is a unique novel study that is a big hit with students. The novel is told through letters and a town newspaper. This low prep Dying to Meet You novel unit offers lots of practice with inference. The students must read "between the lines" in the letters that the characters write back and forth to each other to understand the plot and characters.

There are several creative writing activities from which to choose as well as vocabulary lists, story plot maps, and character charts included in the materials. The "Fakebook" page and character report card activities could be adapted for any novel study.

Unit Includes:

Common Core Standards (4th grade)

Discussion Topics

Vocabulary Lists

Reading Comprehension Questions

Character Chart

Compare/Contrast Main Characters



Story Plot Map

Analyze Character Traits

Design a Personal Letterhead

Letter Writing Activity

Epistolary Novel Activity (combine letters into a book that tell a story)

Fakebook Page Activity (design a Facebook-like page from the point of view of one of the main characters)

Character Report Card Writing Activity

Study Guide

Final Test

Write to the Author Information

** Answer keys, teacher notes, and student samples included for all activity pages and handouts **

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literature unit, novel studies, epistolary novel, reading groups, guided reading, ghost stories, literature circles, graphic novels, Halloween

Total Pages
57 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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