Doll Bones by Holly Black is a Newberry Honor Book for 2014. It is a ghost story involving a Victorian doll and three twelve year olds. The three friends love playing an elaborate game of pretend but realize they are growing too old for such make-believe. In an attempt to save the game and keep their childhoods, Poppy unknowingly releases the ghost of the doll. The three embark on a quest to return the doll to its rightful place. It is a ghostly tale and a tale of growing up.
The story will capture the attention of all readers. Middle school readers will relate to the struggles of moving from being a "little kid" to growing up and "being too old" for playing pretend games.
My novel study requires students to think critically about text. Writing is embedded within the study. Students have to go back to the text for their answers and their evidence.
The study challenges advanced students but teachers can use it with all levels by providing the appropriate support. I use my studies with my gifted students, average ability groups, and my remedial students.
The study includes:
1. Pre-Reading Thinking Activity
2. Chapter Questions for Comprehension and Critical Thinking with Writing Prompts
3. Vocabulary Definitions
4. Vocabulary Connections Activity
5. Vocabulary Tests
6. Analysis of Figurative Language
7. Significance of Text Analysis
8. Analysis of Theme
9. Character Analysis
10. Literary Elements
11. Chapter Quizzes
12. Research Connections and Culled Websites
13. Answer Keys
Doll Bones Novel Study
by Dianne Watson
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