Looking for STEM-driven literature for your middle grades classroom? GADGET GEEKS, a novel by techie-by-day and author-by-night Cara Brookins, offers a rich and wholesome tech-based family adventure. This literature-based thematic unit features character studies, vocabulary and number puzzles, research in renewable resources and recycling, instructions for creative student expressions such as lapbooks, and much more!
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from 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.