This 10 page packet contains graphic organizers for a novel study of the text, The Black Stallion, by Walter Farley. It contains space for writing chapter summaries, defining chapter vocabulary, characters, a story map, and essential questions. It even contains space for a comic or scene from the story. The preview gives you a basic idea minus the rest of the chapters.
Day 1 students are given the packet. We create a KWL chart on the board of what we know about horses. Students look at the book’s cover and make a prediction of what they believe will happen in the story.
Students fill in the vocabulary definitions for the chapters before the chapter is read and the summaries after our reading. We usually get through a chapter a day.
We fill in the story map as we go.
The essential question for the series that we use is: How do we portray animals in literature? We visit this at the end of the book.
One standard for fourth grade is a comparison of the film version and the novel; so, at the end of the reading, we watch the film. There are tons of differences, so it lends itself easily to meeting this standard.