Crash by Jerry Spinelli Novel Study Unit | Google Classroom | Distance Learning

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Crash by Jerry Spinelli Novel Unit: NO PREP-PRINT AND GO UNIT WITH ANSWER KEY!!! If you are looking for a novel to teach with common core aligned questions that go chapter by chapter, this is the resource for you to grab!

In fact, it is the perfect text to begin the school year with because students will be able to make personal connections as the characters begin their school year as well.

This Crash Novel Unit includes:

• student pacing guide for chapter reading

• 15-pages of chapter by chapter reader response questions

• context clue word work

• setting work

• character analysis

• plot structure

• Story Map

• Main Idea Chapter Titles

• LESSON PLANS for easy unit implementation

•Character Analysis Organizer

• Plot Structure Diagram

• Setting Organizer

• 3-student journal prompts for post-reading

• answer key

The story begins with the narrator, John Coogan, explaining through flashback how he got his nickname, Crash. He then goes on to share how another major character, Penn Webb, came into his life.

Flash forward to the first day of seventh grade, and the story takes off for student readers. While I love this book as a read aloud, it is also a perfect literature circle text. Chapters are short, holding student attention, and each chapter ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, begging for readers to continue on. I can't tell you how often I HAVE to stop reading due to needing to switch classes and students are shouting, "ONE MORE PAGE!" It is that good.

I developed this resource to have 67-chapter by chapter, literal, inferential, short answer, and extended response questions for student response to check for understanding. I generated these questions with the idea that students would read them before reading the text, list page numbers where they could go into the text to find their answers, and respond in complete sentences with correct capitalization, grammar, and punctuation.

This product has been updated with the corresponding CCSS next to each reader response question in order to enhance teacher evaluation of student understanding of the various Reading Literature standards:1-6 for grades 4-7.


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Erin Beers

Total Pages
57 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history.
Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of techniques unique to each medium (e.g., lighting, sound, color, or camera focus and angles in a film).
Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.
Analyze how a drama’s or poem’s form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning.


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