All-American Boys No-Prep Novel Study BUNDLE High School Reading Unit

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9th - 12th, Homeschool
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Over 100 pages of Common Core aligned resources specifically tailored to the text. This complete unit connects to 22 different standards, models comprehension skills for independent reading, and encourages readers to move beyond basic comprehension.


"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."

- Desmond Tutu

All-American Boys is the ground-breaking work by authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. Chronically the aftermath of a brutal police attack on an innocent black boy, the novel explores the concepts of racism, police brutality, and white privilege. Its duel narrators give an in-depth, personal look at these sensitive topics. Compassionate, honest, and challenging, it is a relevant read for any high school classroom.


  • Celebrate diverse literature
  • Provide complete support to teachers
  • Make it easy to introduce a new novel into the curriculum
  • Enhance literacy and writing skills
  • Model comprehension strategies
  • Incorporate literary elements and terms
  • Encourage critical thinking
  • Adapt and accommodate for a wide range of reading levels


  • Courageous Readers handout
  • Comprehension skill handout
  • Pre-Reading Activities: introduces the book and its themes
  • Reading Road Maps: These resources are specific text-centered questions. that feature one comprehension skill and include an exact page reference for added support. Complete answer key included.
  • Enrichment Activities: Each section of text includes 1-3 activities. These activities reach a variety of learning styles and levels. They focus on character development, plot structure, text analysis, creative and critical thinking, point of view, author style, and more.
  • Vocabulary Words: These words are taken from the text, complete with page number reference and definition.
  • Vocabulary Activities: These activities provide opportunity for students to dig deep into meaning, connotation, etymology, and usage.
  • Task Cards: Use these for flexible or differentiated instruction.
  • Culminating Projects: These assessment tools require critical thinking, text analysis, and in some cases creative expression. They provide for differentiation. Each project comes with its own rubric.
  • Writing Prompts: Two writing prompts are provided for informative, persuasive, and narrative (creative) writing. A rubric for writing is also included.
  • Quick Quiz: This quiz is a fast way to assess comprehension. It hits the major themes of the book in a succinct, efficient way.


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Total Pages
108 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.


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