Empathy Literature Bundle

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4th - 7th, Homeschool
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    PLEASE READ: This bundle includes secure PDFs of 6 of my low prep novel units. If you purchased my reading resources for The Hundred Dresses, The One and Only Ivan, Rain Reign, Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, The Pinballs, or The Great Gilly Hopkins, this bundle contains the same products. Links to the individual products above.

    These 6 guided reading novel studies all have an empathy aspect to them. The novel studies provide a great opportunity to explore social emotional learning and character building and enhance your classroom community!

    All novel units include chapter vocabulary, reading comprehension questions, character charts, teach answer keys, notes, and student samples. IN ADDITION, each novel unit has activity pages unique to the specific novel (see lists below).

    Bundle Includes:

    1) The Hundred Dresses Activities...

    CCSS (4th grade)

    Figurative Language (locating quotes in the text)

    Paraphrasing The Gettysburg Address

    Bullying Roles

    Types of Conflict (Character v Self and Character v Character)

    Color Symbolism in the story

    Draw and label a Dress

    Maddie and Wanda Venn diagram

    Re-write Mr. Petronski's Letter inference activity

    Making Amends wrinkled heart activity

    Write Peggy and Maddie's friendly letter

    Compare/Contrast Boggins Heights to town

    Parts of a Story plot map


    Persuasive Writing-- who is the bully, Peggy or Maddie?

    2) The One and Only Ivan activities...

    CCSS (4th grade)

    2 Figures of Speech Activities (similes, alliteration, and metaphor)

    Compare Artistic Style (Ivan, Julia, and Picasso)

    Adjectives Practice

    Design a Billboard Activity

    Compare/Contrast Silverback Gorilla and Ivan

    List Ivan's Human and Gorilla Traits

    Domain v. Cage Venn Diagram

    Puzzle Drawing Activity Like Ivan's Drawing (2 options)

    Inference Complete the Phone Conversation Activity

    Story Plot Map

    Identify the Theme

    Compare/Contrast the Real Ivan to the Book Ivan

    3) Rain Reign Activities...

    CCSS (4th grade)


    Conversation Starter Activity

    Bar Graph with Family Data

    Story Map

    Rose's Routines

    Prime Number Name Activity

    Write About a Pet

    Compare/Contrast Neighborhoods

    Hurricane Expository Text

    Cause and Effect

    Local Map Activity (locating pet shelters)

    Understanding Rules

    Dog Found Poster

    Newspaper Style Article

    Point of View

    Persuasive Writing


    4) Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus Activities...

    CCSS (6th grade)

    Foreshadowing and Prediction


    Map the Driving Route

    Diagram and Label Stagecoach Pass

    Write a Blog Post

    Getting to Know a Classmate

    Arizona Timeline

    Hyperbole Writing

    Building Empathy

    Venn Diagram (compare Aven and Spaghetti)

    Tourette Syndrome Compare/Contrast

    Bullying Roles

    Goal Setting

    Aven, the Superhero Drawing

    Types of Conflict

    Family Tree

    Story Map


    Author's Tone and Voice

    5) The Pinballs activities...

    CCSS (5th grade)

    Story Setting and determining time period



    Sarcasm (for advanced readers)

    Compare/Contrast Venn diagram

    Pinball Metaphor

    Proofread Carlie's letter to her mom

    Harvey's Lists

    Read a Book "Carlie's Way" inference/prediction activity

    Non-fiction Reading, Living in a Commune

    Comforting Others empathy chart

    Carlie's Guessing Game

    Puppy Newspaper Ad

    Parts of a Story


    Why I Am Proud to Be writing activity

    6) The Great Gilly Hopkins Activities...

    CCSS (5th grade)

    Write a school report from Gilly's previous school (inference activity)

    Identify alliteration and similes

    Compare/contrast Miss Harris and Gilly (Venn diagram)

    Re-write Gilly's letter to her mom and identify hyperbole

    Read for detail and draw Mr. Randolph's tie based on text evidence

    Chore chart integrated money math activity page

    Parts of a Story


    Final letter from Gilly writing activity

    Literature Unit, Novel Study, reading groups, empathy, SEL, social emotional learning, character education

    Total Pages
    390 pages
    Answer Key
    Teaching Duration
    1 Semester
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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
    Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 6 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
    Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
    Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
    Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


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