Need a no-prep novel to capture your 8th graders’ attention? This edgy read by Sharon G. Flake grabbed my students’ attention and they remained riveted until the very last page! Although the reading level is low, the content is high interest for middle schoolers because it’s so relevant and offers so much room for discussion. This was a real hit with all my kids, but my ELL students handled it with ease as well. My 8th graders lamented, “You finally picked a book we like!” (They loved The Outsiders, but this even more!)
There is not much prep needed at all. I did go to the author’s website and introduce the novel that way. I purchased the audio book, which is very well done. We read together and stopped periodically to have kids answer questions in the study guide and discuss their thoughts and feelings. At times we held lengthy discussions in centers and then rejoined as a group. My struggling and ELL students mastered their first essay that included a thesis, plot summary, character analysis and theme analysis. My honors students chose from the essay questions and broke out into groups to discuss and debate their answers. This turned out to be a great success for all my students at all levels!
What you get:
Printable study guide and answer key divided by chapters
Choice of over 40 thought-provoking short essay questions divided by 3 sections of the book for writing or class discussion
Art project on Characterization with samples
Theme topics with page numbers for reference
Character trait chart with examples
Template for a “Review of a Novel” writing assignment with student samples
Scope and sequence teaching ideas.