This text is rated as a Lexile 610 book, or a Guided Reading Level V and DRA 50. Due to the book’s reading level, recommendations for this text range from 4th to 5th grade, though I used it with 6th grade due to the ***high occurrence of figurative language,*** which we were working on! FMI, visit http://www.scholastic.com/ teachers/book/year-down-yonder#cart/cleanup.
This document is for use in public and/or homeschool classrooms to get students thinking more deeply about the books that they are reading. Analysis of texts, characters, and language are extraordinarily important, and the rigor at which we provide our instruction must match the high expectations we all have for our students.
The layout is designed so that students are given only one page (printed front and back) at a time; page 3 and 4 of this document would be printed together, done by kids, handed in, and then they would work on page 5 and 6, 7 and 8, etc. This allows kids to move forward in the book without feeling overwhelmed, and gives teachers the opportunity to assess reading more frequently.
Core Anchor Standards
—CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1 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.
—CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.2 Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
—CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.3 Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
—CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.4 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.
—CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.10 Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
—CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
—CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.