This 58 page packet provides the teacher or aide with a ready-to-use workbook for students who are reading the 2013 award-winning historical fiction novel, P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia! Included is a 28 page student booklet, an answer key, research ideas, a vocabulary bookmark, lists of vocabulary words for the teacher, and a listing of Common Core Standards supported in the packet. The student booklet is designed to reinforce essential reading and writing skills for students in grades 5-8.
Reading and writing skills in the student booklet support CCSS and include determining theme, setting, inference, explaining, comprehension, summarizing, historical clues, recognizing point-of-view, vocabulary, figurative language (simile, metaphor, idiom, hyperbole, personification), and using context clues.
The student booklet divides the text into six reading assignments of approximately 40 pages each. Each assignment includes questions and tasks to go with the reading. In addition there are three culminating activities at the end of the booklet. The student booklet is designed for independent work so that students may be working on this in class while the teacher is meeting with another group. Or, the booklet can be used as out-of-class homework.
In my classroom, students are responsible for completing one reading assignment with the accompanying questions each week. They are given three, 40 minute periods per week to complete one assignment. They then meet once a week with me (or an aide or a parent), along with the other students reading the same book to discuss the book and review the assignments.
NOTE: I also have a novel study for the first book in this series: One Crazy Summer.
P.S. Be Eleven in a nutshell:
AWARD WINNING BOOK: Coretta Scott King Honor Award.
This book takes up where One Crazy Summer left off. The year is 1968 and 11½ year old Delphine and her two younger sisters have just returned to Brooklyn after visiting their mother in California. This historical fiction book gives the reader a great peek at growing up in an African American household in Bedford-Stuyvesant at the time of the Viet Nam war and the election of President Nixon. The writing is delightfully rich and descriptive!
Appropriate for students in grades 5-8. Reading level approximately 5th grade.
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