This is a close reading guide to the book Alvin Ho Afraid of Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look. Your class will fall in love with this sweet and charming book as they read about Alvin Ho and his journey through second grade. Alvin faces some tough issues such as ghosts who give tours of their own houses and piano teachers who are actually witches.
As close reading is such an important part of the Common Core, students need to be taught to be analytic as they read texts. This unit includes close reading sections, chapter-by-chapter vocabulary, a chapter-by-chapter summary, and discussion questions (for each chapter), as well as "essential questions" that can serve as long-term class discussion starters. Writing projects and character studies are also included. I have used this unit with gifted grade two all the way through grade 5. I have used this unit in special education as well as regular education classrooms, and it has been successful across the board. It includes everything you need! (RL.2-RL.5 covered in this novel study)