Boy of the Painted Cave: Literature Unit

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This unit is a collection of questions and activities to enhance your study of Justin Denzel's Boy of the Painted Cave. The study guide portion consists of short answer essay questions that focus the student on plot and character development. An answer key is included for the study guide. Vocabulary charts encourage using the context to define a word and writing prompts make connections to science and history.

I have included my Cave Art Presentation and Activity. This is an introductory power point with links to online cave art examples and a virtual tour of the famous cave at Lascaux along with a fun paint mixing activity.


Power Point
Teacher Guide
Script for the Power Point
Vocabulary Charts: pre-filled and blank
Study Guide
Study Guide answer key
Cave Painting lesson plan
Tales of a Cave Painter - narrative writing student page
Ancient Animals - research writing student page
History of a Cave - research writing student page
Character Sketch - student directions for final writing project
Prewriting Worksheet - student worksheet for final writing project
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Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.


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