Digging Deeper into Reading: A Novel Study for A Handful of Stars

Digging Deeper into Reading:  A Novel Study for A Handful of Stars
Digging Deeper into Reading:  A Novel Study for A Handful of Stars
Digging Deeper into Reading:  A Novel Study for A Handful of Stars
Digging Deeper into Reading:  A Novel Study for A Handful of Stars
Digging Deeper into Reading:  A Novel Study for A Handful of Stars
Digging Deeper into Reading:  A Novel Study for A Handful of Stars
Digging Deeper into Reading:  A Novel Study for A Handful of Stars
Digging Deeper into Reading:  A Novel Study for A Handful of Stars
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Have you read "A Handful of Stars" by award-winning author, Cynthia Lord? This touching novel seems like a story about a young girl trying to save her dog's eyesight--but as the book unfolds, we see themes of friendship, racism, family, and more addressed. Lily realizes that we can have many different people in our lives and learns lessons from a migrant worker, a veterinarian, and her own grandparents as she navigates her journey without a mother of her own. There is a TON to think about with this little gem!

This novel unit is a little different than others out there… there aren’t a ton of question pages… vocabulary in isolation… quizzes… worksheets... or projects.

Instead, it is filled with suggested teaching points and reflection questions (in two formats—full page reproducibles and “clippable” versions to glue into reader’s notebooks).

This resource is meant to nurture discussion, “close reading”, and proving ideas with evidence from the text. If you are looking for an in-depth resource to use with small groups, a class read aloud, or to support individual students with quality instruction and deep thinking—you’ve come to the right place! My goal is to help teachers nurture a love of reading and talking and writing about books! This resource is perfect to use with whole class novels, guided reading groups, or even for one-on-one instruction in interventions or for homeschoolers.

What do you get?

*Full page reproducible copies of open ended, constructed response comprehension questions focusing on key plot elements, deeper thinking, and proving ideas with examples in the text for EACH chapter—providing students the opportunity to show their understanding and to give them a way to organize their thinking for discussions.

*The same questions or “prompts” in a format that makes it easy to cut and glue into notebooks.

*A sample response checklist to help you assess and to help students recognize the level of expectations required of their work

*A page of teaching “tips” and suggestions. After using this book with students many times, I have gathered a collection of “things to notice”, places where students sometimes struggle, and other literary elements that I like to highlight with the text.

*A list of the grade 4 and grade 5 CCSS connections to see how this book can help meet the requirements of the CCSS if needed

*A set of “bonus” response pages that can be used with this resource to cover certain areas in more depth, to use as assessments or as enrichment, or to extend the learning further

*A set of graphic organizers to provide even more ways to help students show their deeper thinking about the text

I hope you enjoy this and other novel units in my store.

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