Dar and the Spear-Thrower Reading Activities

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6th, 7th, 8th
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Common Core Standards
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The reading tasks in this resource consist of handouts to practice 12 different reading strategies and handouts with both comprehension and higher-level critical thinking questions about this story that is set in prehistoric Europe. The materials for each of the 22 chapters are organized in the same way: the reading strategies handout which lets students practice 1 or 2 strategies specifically chosen for that chapter, a handout with 4 questions about the chapter, and a page that is the answer key to the questions.

While students are reading Dar and the Spear-Thrower, the reading strategies handouts let them record how and where in the novel they are using each particular reading strategy. On the handouts with the questions, there are a variety of question types such as: what happened, that students can answer through recall or referring back to the text; explaining what a phrase or sentence in the text means; inferring what is going on or why a character behaved a certain way; offering an opinion about an event. Some questions ask students to use evidence from the text to support their answers. The questions were designed so that all students, including English Language Learners at an intermediate level of language proficiency and higher, could answer at least one question as long as they can understand the story. The answer keys include responses for all the questions. If a question has more than one possible answer, suggested responses are provided to make it easier and faster for teachers to evaluate students' work.

In addition, there is a page that lists the reading strategies used in each chapter so you can see at a glance which reading strategies are used when. That list on that page includes brief definitions of each reading strategy in case you want to review them with students before they read each chapter. There is also one page listing the ELA Common Core anchor reading standards addressed by this product, for teachers who work in Common Core states. Lastly, there is a page that offers suggestions for reading the Afterword with students.

This resource will help you explore more deeply this wonderful story of a Cro-Magnon boy growing up in Ice Age France.

PLEASE NOTE: This resource is included in the complete Dar and the Spear-Thrower Novel Study product. If you are purchasing the complete novel study, it is not necessary to also purchase this resource.


What you get in this product:

★ A table of contents (1 page)

★ A Notes to the Teacher page with explanatory information (1 page)

★ Reading strategies handouts, 1 page for every chapter (12 pages)

★ Questions about every chapter, 1 page with 4 questions for every chapter (12 pages)

★ Answer keys for the chapter questions, 1 page for every chapter (12 pages)

★ Suggestions for reading the Afterword in the novel (1 page)

★ A list of ELA Common Core anchor reading standards addressed in this resource (1 page)


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