Best School Year Ever Novel Study Unit: comprehension, vocab, activities, tests

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This 102 page literature unit for The Best School Year Ever, by Barbara Robinson, contains comprehension by chapter, vocabulary challenges, creative Common Core-aligned reading response activities, comprehension assessments, and much more!

You will find this book study to be teacher and student friendly. It contains a wide variety of question types, along with open-ended graphic organizers and unique activities, all carefully crafted for this particular story.

Focus standards include figurative language, setting, character analysis, theme, and plot.

Two versions are included:

♥The paper version is a regular, printable PDF and includes all black-line printables.

♥The digital version works with Google Drive and works on computers or tablets.

This complete unit requires very little preparation on your part. Included is a unit map that lays everything out for you. Perfect for whole class, small group, or independent study!


1) Student Chapter Packet
•Each section covers 1 chapter of the book and contains the following 6 parts.
→Quickwrite: Freewriting that warms up student brains before reading.
→Vocabulary: Practice for 3 new words per chapter.
→True/False, Fill in the Blank, or Sequencing: 1 set for each chapter.
→Standards Focus: an activity built around a Reading Literature standard.
→Comprehension and Analysis: 3 short or long answer questions.
→Beyond: Creative activity that might include art, brainstorming, or writing.

2) 12 Common Core-aligned Reading Response activities that are specific to this novel
•Questions and Answers
•Theme Thoughts
•Tower of Terror
•Cause and Effect
•Character Traits
•Characters and Quotes
•Figurative Language
•Eugene's Story
•My Book Cover
•Compliments for Classmates
•Would You Rather...?
•EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it!

3) 3 Common Core-aligned Reading Response activities that can be used with any text
•Main Events
•Reading Highlights
•Wanted! Poster

4) Culminating Project Options
•10 creative project choices for students to complete after they finish the book

5) Complete Vocabulary List
•Organized by chapter and page number
•Comes with and without definitions

6) Vocabulary Review Packet
•2 pages of review for every 4-5 chapters
•Skills include context clues, sentence writing, dictionary skills, and more

7) Student Bookmarks
•Use as references for plot, setting, and characters
•Attractive art and memorable quotes from the book

8) Vocabulary Cards
•Use as flash cards, direct instruction tool, or to play games
•Cards include vocabulary words and definitions

9) Student Packet Covers
•One each for Student Chapter Packet, Vocabulary Packet, and Activity Packet

10) Assessments
•Test vocabulary and comprehension
•Assessment #1-Introduction and Chapters 1-5
•Assessment #2-Chapters 6-9
•Matching, multiple choice, and short answer

11) Easy planning
•Unit Map
•Table of Contents
•Teacher Instructions

12) Answer keys for everything

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→Please note that MANY resources are included in this study. This is so that teachers may pick and choose what they want to use, since no two classrooms are alike. This is also so that teachers may differentiate for different groups within their classrooms. If you do not wish to purchase the entire big unit with everything included, please look at the links below.

SAVE 20% on this novel study by purchasing my Barbara Robinson Bundle which contains novel studies for The Best School Year Ever, The Best Halloween Ever, and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! Click below.

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NOTE: For the digital version, you will need Internet access and a free Google account. It will work on computers or iPads. (To use it on an iPad, simply have your students download the Google Slides app, available for free on iTunes.) Then, upon purchasing, you will receive a secret link to the digital file, along with explicit, easy-to-follow instructions that will get you started in minutes! Students will be highly engaged and freshly invigorated as they type, draw, and diagram directly into the file on their computers or tablets. They can easily share their work with you as they go, all without the hassle of paper, pencil, and copies.

This complete novel study is set at nearly a 20% discount. However, for individual components of the complete novel study, click on the links below! Please note that the following listings ARE INCLUDED in the complete study, but the following smaller components are available in PAPER versions only.

The Best School Year Ever: Comprehension and Vocabulary by chapter

The Best School Year Ever: Reading Response Activities and Projects

The Best School Year Ever: Tests, Quizzes, Assessments

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Best School Year Ever Novel Study Unit: comprehension, voc
Best School Year Ever Novel Study Unit: comprehension, voc
Best School Year Ever Novel Study Unit: comprehension, voc
Best School Year Ever Novel Study Unit: comprehension, voc