This 85 page, ready-to-use packet is designed for teachers to use with students in grades 5-8 as they read ECHO, a 2016 Newbery Honor book and Kirkus Prize winner. Included is a bookmark master that may be copied, cut in half, and given to students to keep track of historic timeframe while reading the book and using the student booklet. There is a 40 page student booklet that divides the text into nine reading assignments with questions and tasks to go with each one. Included also is an answer key and a listing of common core standards supported in the packet. Note: I have also created an end-of-book test that is available in my store. The test is not included in this packet.
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Skills addressed in the student booklet include the following:
citing textual evidence
recognizing literary devices:
(metaphor, simile, personification, idioms, onomatopoeia)
noticing character traits
comparing & contrasting
writing to express opinions
writing a summary
pros & cons
ECHO in a nutshell:
Don’t be put off by the number of pages (590) because they are wide-margined and double-spaced and the stories are so engrossing they will easily and quickly be consumed by the reader! The novel begins like a Grimm’s fairy tale and continues with three separate stories of children whose lives are changed by a harmonica that possesses magical qualities. Friedrich lives in Germany and is dealing with the rise of Hitler, Michael is an orphan living with his brother in seemingly hopeless circumstances in a Pennsylvania home for destitute children, and Ivy struggles with poverty and discrimination on the U.S. West Coast during World War II. Each of these children’s lives are forever changed by music. At the end of the book we learn how their lives are intertwined.
The book is filled with emotion and history and suspense. Kids are sure to be engaged by the elements of fantasy and at the same time will gain valuable historical perspective. ECHO is an epic story that is truly memorable.
Appropriate for students in grades 5-8. Reading level approximately 6th grade.
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