A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz: A Book Study Unit is designed for teachers of students in grades 6-8 reading A Tale Dark & Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz (Dutton Children's Books, 2010, 256 p.). A Tale Dark & Grimm is an entertaining and intellectually stimulating, though bloody and violent, story in which Hansel and Gretel experience events related to several traditional fairy tales.
A Tale Dark & Grimm was named a Notable Children's Book by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. It also was named a New York Times Editor's Choice Book for 2010; a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year 2010; and a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of the Year in Fiction (2010). For a review, visit http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7825557-a-tale-dark-grimm. Reading level is 4th grade, but themes and some scenes in the story are more appropriate for middle school students. For fans of Accelerated Reader, this book is leveled at 4.6 and is valued at six points.
This book study will help you guide your students through A Tale Dark & Grimm, emphasizing theme, detail, and plot. Features of this book study include:
*A teacher's page with suggestions for using each section of the book study.
*A nine-page oral reading and discussion guide, your map through the book, including a summary of each chapter, comprehension questions for each chapter, and vocabulary words used in each chapter.
*Glossary including 50 words from the book with definitions.
*A vocabulary crossword puzzle.
* Vocabulary worksheets matching glossary words with definitions and using glossary words in sentence context.
*Comprehension Questions for Students, a list of the discussion questions formatted for individual student use.
*Find the Details worksheet.
*Comprehension test with 24 questions including matching, multiple-choice, and short answer questions.
*Activities comparing two fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm with two chapters from A Tale Dark & Grimm.
*Answer keys for all activities.
This book study has what you need to teach A Tale Dark & Grimm. You and your students will enjoy this book.