"George," a novel by Alex Gino, tells the story of Melissa, whose classmates and family know her by the name of George. The message "Be Who You Are" comes across as a strong central theme in this excellent novel about a transgender youth who wants to be Charlotte in the school play, a monumental task for a girl who everyone thinks is a boy. This novel study was created with input and suggestions from the author of the novel - Alex Gino!
This detailed novel study includes a text-dependent question set for each of the 12 chapters of this story. Questions are grounded in critical literacy themes and ask students to dig deep into the messages behind the story and make real connections with their own lives and their own beliefs. Students will be challenged to consider multiple perspectives, make evidence-based inferences, and support their thinking about many rigorous concepts. 13 pages of CCSS-aligned student work provided.
A comprehensive answer key is provided, which includes teaching suggestions, a wide variety of possible student responses, discussion suggestions, and helpful hints about how to conquer the topics in this novel with your reading group and/or class! Created with extensive communication from the author, the answer key is detailed and is tailored to help educators enhance their novel units and have in-depth conversations with students.
This novel study is perfect for independent reading, literature circles, guided reading, or even whole-group instruction. Help your students get more out of an already amazing novel!
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