Close reading guides bundle Wonder The Cay One Only Ivan Inside Out and Back

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Are you looking for great literature to read aloud?

Are you looking for help with close reading?

This is it!! Close reading guides for: Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, Wonder by RJ Palacios, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate and The Cay by Theodore Taylor.

Close reading is an integral part of teaching with the standards. Students need to know how to be analytic when reading texts and poems. They need to understand how to support their thinking with textual evidence. I have outlined the components of authentic literacy and what it looks like in the classroom. I formatted each unit as follows.

It begins with an explanation of close reading and how to format a lesson. Then, there is a story summary, themes listed and character descriptions. After that, I created focus questions for each chapter. There are explicit gradual release formatted lessons sprinkled throughout. I included a close reading sheet for each of the explicit lessons. You could use the focus questions to create more close reading lessons using the blank templates or for class discussions. At the end, there is a blank sheet for planning and to use with close reading of different chapters.

This bundle has four close reading units- my best sellers!!

• Inside Out and Back Again

This is a guide to a close reading of Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai. It's a wonderful book written in free verse chronicling Ha's, a ten-year-old girl, journey from war-torn Vietnam to Alabama and her problems as a second language learner and with bullying.

Awards for Inside Out and back Again:

2012 Newbery Honor Book, 2011 National Book Award for Young People's Literature, New York Times Best Seller

• Wonder

This is a guide to a close reading of Wonder by RJ Palacio. It's a wonderful book chronicling Auggie's, a young boy born with a facial deformity, journey through school and the adjustments he, his family and his classmates have to make.

Awards for Wonder:

New York Times Best Seller, Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, 2014 Maine Student Book Award, Vermont's Dorothy Canfield Fished Children's Book Award

• The One and Only Ivan

This is a guide to a close reading of The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. It's a beautiful story about Ivan the gorilla. It is told from his point of view in captivity in a circus.

Awards for The One and Only Ivan:

2013 Newbery Medal, 2013 Christopher Award, 2013 Crystal Kite Member Choice Award for California, 2013 Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award for Intermediate Books

• The Cay

The Cay by Theodore Taylor. It was first published in 1969 and dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr. It's about a young boy named Phillip who lives on the island of Curacao with his parents. When WW2 comes to the island, his mother insists they return to the states. However, their boat is torpedoed and Phillip is forced to survive on a small cay with a West Indian man and a cat.

Awards for The Cay:

New York Times Best Book of the Year, Jane Addams Children's Book Award, Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Horn Book Honor Book, plus 6 more awards

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Inside Out and back Again


The Cay

The Fourteenth Goldfish

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Flora and Ulysses

Rain Reign

The One and Only Ivan

A Daimond in the Desert

Fish in a Tree

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Total Pages
337 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Semester
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.


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