Dar and the Spear-Thrower Reading Activities

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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 your 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.

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This resource is included in the complete Dar and the Spear-Thrower Novel Study product.

While your 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 your 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.

What an educator who has used this resource says about it:

♥ "Great resource. This past year was my first year reading the book with my students. This resource was very helpful." -- Shannan R.

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


What you get in this product:

★ A table of contents (1 page)

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

★ A chapter-by-chapter list of all the reading strategies for easy reference (1 page)

★ Reading strategies handouts, 1 page for every chapter (22 pages)

★ Questions about every chapter, 1 page with 4 questions for every chapter (22 pages)

★ Answer keys for the chapter questions, 1 page for every chapter (22 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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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.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.


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