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Armstrong & Charlie | No- Novel Study | Middle School Reading

Story Trekker
Grade Levels
6th - 8th, Homeschool
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63 pages
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Over 60 pages of Common Core aligned resources specifically tailored to the text. This complete unit connects to 24 different standards, models comprehension skills for independent reading, and encourages readers to move beyond basic comprehension.


Sometimes the best friends comes from the most unexpected places.

Set in Los Angeles during the 1970s, Armstrong & Charlie centers around the first year of the school system integration program. Thrown together with seemingly little in common, Armstrong and Charlie learn how to navigate middle school and wind up becoming friends. One of my personal favorite books of all time! Students will love the humor, honesty, and heart-warming friendship in this book.


  • 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


  • Comprehension skill bookmark for student reference
  • 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.
  • 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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63 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


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