Beyond the Bright Sea No-Prep Novel Study BUNDLE Middle School ELA

Story Trekker
Grade Levels
6th - 8th, Homeschool
Resource Type
Formats Included
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94 pages
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Everyone wants to know their history.

That desire drives Crow into an incredible journey of mystery and discovery in Lauren Wolk's book Beyond the Bright Sea. As an outcast, Crow longs to understand how she fits in this world. When she stumbles on some personal artifacts and clues that hint at her history, she relentlessly pursues the truth...but at what cost? Filled with plot twists, adventure, and personal struggle, students will instantly connect with this story.

This complete Novel Study features a Reading Road Map for students. With Reading Road Maps, a student can reap the benefits of having an “expert reader” demonstrate good comprehension methods and questioning strategies. Reading road maps are designed to help students read independently by having each reader interact with the text while reading. The road maps utilize specific skills for high-level reading, such as inferring, predicting, summarizing, and visualizing. At times, the road map “models” good comprehension strategies by commenting on elements in the book using proven methods for comprehension. Additionally, students are able to self-select a book and read at their own pace while being held accountable for their comprehension.

The materials in this novel study allow teachers to evaluate student comprehension and progress on a specific text. The questions are not general (who is the main character) but focus on precise events, characters, conflicts, plots, and thematic issues.

This unique resource offers over 90 pages of materials to help kids read independently and comprehend text using a variety of skills. It includes: 2 pre-reading activities, chapter-by-chapter text-related questions, 2-3 differentiated extension activities for each section, 10 task cards, a set of vocabulary words with definitions and page numbers, 5 engaging vocabulary activities, 3 unique culminating projects with rubrics, and a multiple-choice and short answer quiz (with answers). AND if that weren't enough, it's pretty to look at too!

Perfect for grades 6-9, ELL students, or struggling readers. Can be used with individual students, whole-class instruction, or in conjunction with literature circles.

Total Pages
94 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
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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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