“Fever 1793” Novel Study Unit PDF & Google Slides - Literature Unit | 5th-8th

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5th - 8th, Homeschool
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The perfect novel study for the book “Fever 1793”! Great for use in a literature circle or as a novel study group. Activities contain higher level thinking reading comprehension questions, vocabulary and extension activities. Complete answer key is included and can be printed for students with IEPs. 

What’s Included

  • PDF and Google Slides versions of reading comprehension questions, vocabulary and extension activities. 
  • Complete answer key is included and can be printed for students with IEPs.

Activities Include: 

Day 1 Checklist & Vocab: Ch. 1 & 2

  • Pre-reading & Discussion Questions
  • Vocabulary Activity: Crossword

Day 2 Checklist & Vocabulary: Ch. 3, 4, & 5

  • Discussion Questions
  • Vocabulary Activity: Crossword

Day 3 Checklist & Vocabulary: Ch. 6 & 7

  • Discussion Questions
  • Character Study Activity: Lucille Cook
  • Vocabulary Activity: Mini Book

Day 4 Checklist and Vocabulary: Ch. 8 & 9

  • Discussion Questions
  • Chronological Order Ch. 1 - 9
  • Vocabulary Activity: Word Search

Day 5 Checklist & Vocabulary: Ch. 10 & 11

  • Discussion Questions
  • Passage Analysis
  • Vocabulary Activity: Crack the Code

Day 6 Checklist and Vocabulary: Ch. 12 & 13

  • Discussion Questions
  • Character Reflection: Mattie
  • Vocabulary Activity: Ch. 10 - 13 Sort

Day 7 Checklist and Vocabulary: Ch. 14, 15, & 16

  • Discussion Questions
  • Vocabulary Activity: Crossword Puzzle

Day 8 Checklist & Vocabulary: Ch. 17 & 18

  • Discussion Questions
  • Character Study: Mattie
  • Vocabulary Activity: Ch. 10 - 18 Word Search

Day 9 Checklist & Vocabulary: Ch. 19 & 20

  • Discussion Questions
  • Author’s Purpose: Tone and Mood
  • Vocabulary Activity: Picture Dictionary

Day 10 Checklist & Vocab: Ch. 21 & 22

  • Discussion Questions
  • Text Structure
  • Vocabulary Activity: Correct?

Day 11 Checklist & Vocab: Ch. 23 & 24

  • Discussion Questions
  • Character Study: Mother Smith
  • Vocabulary Activity: Cubes

Day 12 Checklist & Vocab: Ch. 25 & 26

  • Discussion Questions
  • Vocabulary Activity: Picture Dictionary

Day 13 Checklist & Vocab: Ch. 27, 28, 29, & Epilogue

  • Discussion Questions
  • Character Analysis: Mattie
  • Vocabulary Activity: Crack the Code

Day 14 Checklist & Discussion Questions

  • Book Review

Vocabulary Flash Cards & Pockets

  • Flash Cards Ch. 1 - 9
  • Flash Cards Ch. 10 & 18
  • Flash Cards Ch. 19 & Epilogue

Vocabulary Quizzes

  • Vocab Quiz Ch. 1 - 9
  • Vocab Quiz Ch. 10 - 18
  • Vocab Quiz Ch. 19 - Epilogue

After the Book Activities

  • Final Project
  • Final Essay

Answer Key

Teachers Love It!

  • My students love the structure of the questions and love the vocabulary exercises. They work in pairs for word searches and have fun. The lessons have written reading comprehension questions, which we are focusing on this year using text evidence.” – Bonnie S. 
  • Fantastic resource full of different level items and questions! I'm using this with a small group of students and they have been enjoying reading the book! Thank you! :)” – Heather G. 

How is the Novel Study Organized?

When creating these guides, the activities are written so that they could be used as individual activities or as a packet that could be given to an independent reading group. The activities are a mix of close reading questions and engaging writing activities. Vocabulary is emphasized heavily.

This guide is broken down into "days" plus after the book activities. Two - three chapters are covered in one "day" although the classroom teacher could provide more than one class period for the activities to be completed.

If using this book as an independent work packet, copy the activities for each student and place the copies in a binder. During class, students can take the binder and easily see what they need to complete as a checklist is provided for each day. Students could be required to turn in certain activities, or the teacher could grade the activities in the binder.

If using this as a whole class activity, the teacher should simply select which activities to use and copy the desired pages.

Why Read Fever 1793?

Fever 1793 is an excellent book to use with High 5th - 8th grades. The story is highly engaging. This story is set during the post-revolutionary time period and gives students an idea of life in Philadelphia during the 1790s. The author uses a lot of foreshadowing to hook the reader.

The main character changes a lot from the beginning of the novel until the end, making this book excellent for character analysis and discussing how events affect a character.


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Total Pages
213 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.


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