Brian's Winter Novel Unit for Grades 4-8 Common Core Aligned

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This resource was especially helpful to me while having students quarantined. I could easily post it onto Google Classroom for students to complete.
This unit is all set up and ready for use! Everything is laid out perfectly. I did not have to change a thing!


Brian's Winter by Gary Paulsen...

Brian's Winter is the perfect novel study for the winter months. Not only is Gary Paulsen an AMAZING writer that seems to take readers right inside the setting, but your students will forget to complain about the cold temperatures when they discover all that 13-year-old Brian Robeson must do in order to survive during the winter months in the Canadian woods after a plane crash.

This 49-page Brian's Winter Novel Study includes:
-Chapter by chapter lesson plans
-17-pages of reader response questions
-Character Analysis work
-Main Idea
-Context Clue Word Work
-Story Map
-Figurative Language Work
-End of Novel Project with rubric
-End of Novel Journal Prompts

This is the resource to utilize with a whole class, small groups, or for independent book study. Your students will be on the edge of their seats reading about Brian's survival in the woods.

Novel not included, but FYI:
Reading Level
Grade level Equivalent: 7.3
Lexile® Measure: 1140L
DRA: 40
Guided Reading: R


Challenges and Overcoming Obstacles
Confronting and Resolving Fears
Courage, Bravery, Heroism
Canadian Snow, Ice, Blizzards
Winter Themes


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49 pages
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1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.


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