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.
Common Core Standards (4th grade)
Reading Comprehension Questions
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
Write to the Author Information
** Answer keys, teacher notes, and student samples included for all activity pages and handouts **
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