This is a lit log for Calico Girl, a historical fiction by Jerdine Nolen. Themes of the novel include: Civil War, slaves, freedom, family, and friendship. This lit log can be used as a guide for a read aloud (especially in conjunction with an American History study) or for direct reading instruction (guided reading, literature circle, or novel study).
The key focus skills of the lit log are: 1) use text to explain/draw inferences/cite textual evidence and 2) describe/compare/contrast characters, setting, events. Other skills are: 1) determine theme/summarize, 2) describe/explain point of view, and 3) use text to determine meaning of words and phrases.
Reading Level of Text: 5th-6th grade
Interest Level of Text: 4th-8th grade