This guide has everything you need for a small group literature circle/book club study of Gertie's Leap to Greatness, by Kate Beasley. For each group of chapters (usually 2), students complete vocabulary work, an input-output chart to record their thoughts, and critical thinking comprehension questions. Two additional pages provide post-reading activities (an open mind diagram and a compare/contrast activity). I have my students complete work as they read, then come together and share their thoughts (and add to their answers)--groups run themselves and I check in regularly!
Comprehension questions focus on making inferences, supporting answers with text evidence, making text-to-self connections, and evaluating characters' choices--questions that lead to deeper critical thinking about the text!
29 pages are for student use. The remaining pages are the answer key with suggested answers provided.
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