Count Me In No-Prep Novel Study BUNDLE Middle School Reading Unit

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    A no-prep, comprehensive novel study for you! This resource combines four separate resources to provide almost 100 pages of Common Core aligned curriculum specifically tailored to the text. The complete unit connects to every ELA standard, models comprehension skills for independent reading, and encourages readers to move beyond the basics.


    "Karina, maybe we have to give back now by fighting for the America we believe in." - Papa p. 108

    Count Me In by Varsha Bajaj asks readers to consider what defines America. When Karina, her friend Chris, and her beloved Papa experience a senseless hate crime, each of them searches for meaning as they begin the healing process. Appalled by this act of violence, the community rallies around them restoring hope and peace to a chaotic situation. Themes of friendship, injustic, racism, hope, forgiveness, and self-discovery will resonate with middle school students. The length and straightforwardness of the text make it a great read aloud for any middle school classroom.


    • Courageous Readers handout
    • Comprehension Skills handout
    • Pre-Reading Activities to introduce the book and its themes
    • Reading Road Maps for text-centered questions that feature a focused skill and include page references for added support.
    • Enrichment Activities to accommodate a variety of learning styles and levels. Each activity focuses on a key component of plot, character development, text analysis, perspective and more.
    • Vocabulary Words taken directly from the text complete with page reference and definition.
    • Vocabulary Activities that provide an opportunity for students to understand word relationships, usage, connotation, and etymology.
    • Task Cards for flexible, hands-on instruction.
    • Culminating Projects to use as assessments, complete with rubrics
    • Writing Prompts that cover narrative, informative, and persuasive writing, with rubrics
    • Quick Quiz offering a fast way to assess basic comprehension


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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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