This is a ready-to-use, custom made, 65 page packet for teachers to use with students in grades 5-8 who are reading the 2015 novel, The Thing About Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin. This packet of materials includes a 30 page interactive student booklet, an answer key, lists of vocabulary words found in the reading, and a chart showing the CCSS that are supported. The student booklet encourages close reading and guides students as they read and practice important reading and writing skills.
Skills that are addressed in the student booklet include the following:
citing textual evidence
making connections to the reading
Writing Crafts: similes, idioms, onomatopoeia, & flashback
noticing character traits
cause and effect
recognizing theme and author's purpose
identifying setting and plot
writing to express opinions
writing a summary
Note: I also have a short book test to go with this novel that is for sale separately at this link
The Thing About Jellyfish in a nutshell:
This is a coming-of-age story about grieving seventh grader, Suzanne Swanson, whose best friend has unexpectedly died and left her feeling a burden of guilt at how their friendship had painfully unraveled at the end of sixth grade. How does one learn to say goodbye and have a new beginning? Her passion for science helps her as she tries to make sense of it all and regain her footing in life but in the end it is the bonds of family and new friendships that rescue her.
The book includes lots of scientific facts, especially about jellyfish! Great for inspiring those budding scientists in your room.
This book was written by Ali Benjamin, published in 2015, and was a National Book Award Finalist.
(tags: workbook, guided reading, activities, close reading, fiction, middle school, literature, book clubs, novel study, science)