This book club or novel study unit on the book, Surprise Island (The Boxcar Children# 2) by Gertrude Chandler Warner is suitable for highly able or gifted readers in grades K-2. The questions and activities focus on characters, setting, plot, and the events in the story. The work requires thinking and responding at Bloom’s higher levels (analysis, synthesis and evaluation). The text is at a guided reading Level O (lexile 530 or about 4.2 grade level) but the questions/activities have been designed for the very young reader.
The unit can be used to support a book club or literature circle format; the children prepare for the discussions by reading several agreed-upon chapters. It is also
suitable for independent reading and responding.
The unit includes: (21 pages)
Teacher directions and suggestions
Common Core ELA Alignment
Student unit cover
Chapters 1- 15 questions and a few learning activities