Downsiders by Neal Shusterman is truly an engrossing novel for students. This student novel study guide will tap into the Critical Thinking Skills necessary for the 21st Century! An approach that engages the students to think, question and research as they read, this study guide walks the reader through the pages with interesting prompts, questions, maps, photos and more!
Activating various parts of the brain, students will be reading logically, emotionally, and visually as they interpret the words into visuals and even graphic novel pages. Figures of speech will grow into cartoons,and landmarks of New York City will become real locations. History of NYC Subways, an obscure inventor, a forgotten theater,and even Grants Tomb fit together to weave an interesting story of facts and fiction.
Themes of growing up, good vs. evil, and ignorance vs. knowledge are among the themes contained within the pages and this 78 pages book helps guide you into a well-rounded experience. Closing with a letter to the author and learning more about him will also invite students to value the power of words and respect the person who can creatively put words onto paper and form pictures in our minds!
Projects for the students are meaningful and yet diverse:
Assemblage 3-D art based on Louise Nevelsons' work.
Research folder to model the character's own research
Coloring pages of two different kinds of water to see which one matches the description in novel
Challenges with proverbs comparing/contrasting different viewpoints on "time".
For teachers who are striving to offer students a thorough literature appreciation course, this guide is the complete package!
Point of View
Retelling, summarizing text
Citing direct quotes accurately to explain text meaning
Grammar: parts of speech
Word Origins: roots, suffix, prefix
Explain events, ideas and concepts to show what happened and why.
Comparisons of characters
Chronology of events and sequencing
Interpret information in maps, visually for further comprehension
Integrate information from 2+ texts on same topic to write knowledgeably.
Fifty-five (55) page Student Study Guide; then an answer key section and a reference section for your convenience.
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Another novel the Neal Shusterman wrote is called, Scythe. It is a book for middle school students and this guided workbook can really help your reader become a more CRITICAL READER: Scythe Student Workbook for Guided Reading
Another book Neal Shusterman wrote, is called Tesla's Attic and he teamed up with Eric Elfman for this one. Here is a great study guide that even touches upon some STEM material with science research into some amazing scientist: Tesla's Attice by Shusterman/Elfman Novel Study Guide, Reading, STEM and Lanuage Arts