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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare: Grades 8, 9, 10
(Common Core Aligned)
Based on The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, this packet can be used for a whole-class novel study, literature circles, or independent reading.
"The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" by Cassandra Clare is a perfect high-interest, low-readability novel for Grades 8-12! Engage students in reading and writing with novels they're truly interested in!
Whether used with whole-class instruction, small groups, academic intervention services, tutoring, or for independent reading, this packet is designed to prompt students to think deeply about the text and to show evidence of their thinking.
This 46-page product includes:
-A 36-page Student Packet
-A 5-week Calendar Sketch
-An explanation of Grading
-A Model Page
-12 pages of Novel Updates and Questions that allow for student choice
-12 in-depth pages on setting, word choice, characterization, voice, metacognition, symbolism, visualization, conflict, opinion, plot diagram, book rating, connections
-2 lengthier writing assignments including explanations of epilogue, playwriting, and theme
-1 page of book recommendations based on Cassandra Clare’s writings and other Urban Fantasy authors
-4 Vocabulary pages
-A 2-page ‘Response to Literature’ essay that includes 3 writing prompts to allow for student choice
-An essay Grading Rubric
-A homework-tracking sheet
Additional skills in this packet include identifying and explaining the use of: protagonist, antagonist, tone, problems and resolutions, predictions, sensory details, foreshadowing, flashback, metaphor, simile, personification, alliteration, and dramatization.
Please note this packet is not intended to be a list of comprehension questions specific to the novel. It is instead designed to foster close reading, critical thinking, and meaningful writing by pushing students to move beyond comprehension and delve deeply into understanding, applying, analyzing, and evaluating. This truly pushes students to show evidence of their thinking while reading, and helps them develop wonderful metacognition skills while preparing them for the close reading and meaningful writing they need to master to succeed on standardized tests.
for inclusive classrooms is built into the product, including definitions of challenging words (i.e.: protagonist, antagonist, dramatization), scaffolded models using a range of reading levels, students’ choice in each journal response, allowing students to draw responses, and more!
You might also be interested in:
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse: Grades 5, 6, 7
Wonder by R.J. Palacio: Grades 5, 6, 7
Reading Response Journal
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