Synopsis: Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose are in New York City to visit Dink’s Uncle Warren. Tal buildings, city lights, lots of people …a stolen painting! Dink’s uncle owned a valuable painting by a famous painter, Monet. After a first night of enjoying a New York City block party, they arrived back at Uncle Warren’s apartment to find the painting gone! Begin reading to uncover the clues to the theft of the painting by The Orange Outlaw.
The novel study can be used in four ways:
• Independent reading at student created paced
• Small group independent reading student created paced
• Small group reading guided by the teacher
• Whole class reading guided by the teacher.
Each novel study has the following key literacy elements:
The students will increase their vocabulary with worksheets that are designed to have students rewrite the words, alphabetize the words, and unscramble the words.
The students will better understand the meaning of the new vocabulary by seeing the word used in sentences and identifying the correct spelling, creating a sentence and illustrating the use of the word, and filling a cloze story.
The questions come in two forms. The first is basic comprehension directly from the story. This is your “Who, What, Where, Why, How, When” question.
The second form is analysis of information and events in the story. The student is required to explain an answer, respond as if they were in the story, or state what they think the character(s) should do.
The student is required to take a list of events in the story and reorder them in a sequence that correctly follows the story.
The student will take what they have learned from the story and apply it to a creative writing piece. The directions for the creative writing piece are set up in a bulleted format (common to most state standardized tests) to encourage students to organize their writing better.
THE NOVEL STUDY CAN BE PRINTED AND STAPLED AS A PACKET USING THE INTRODUCTION AS THE COVER PAGE.