PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS BOOK DEALS WITH THE ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF A CHILD.
Jamie isn't afraid of anything. Always ready to get into trouble, then right back out of it, he's a fun and exasperating best friend. But when something terrible happens to Jamie, his best friend has to face the tragedy alone. Without Jamie, there are so many impossible questions to answer -- how can your best friend be gone forever? How can some things, like playing games in the sun or the taste of the blackberries that Jamie loved, go on without him? (from Amazon.com)
This novel study contains comprehension questions for each chapter of the book "The Taste of Blackberries,” which is written at a 3.7 reading level. A scoring rubric is included to help students reflect and improve on their written responses to reading. These can easily be changed to meet the needs of your students and your teaching.
Students are asked to create higher-level questions to bring to their book group discussions.
At the end of the comprehension questions, you will find over 48 related activities for this book. With hands-on activities, students are encouraged to be engaged thinkers and problem-solvers. These projects can be used with your whole group, small groups, and/or individuals. They are especially helpful in differentiating for diverse learners.
Related Common Core Standards - for reading (literature) and writing - are listed.