This novel is already divided into three parts. Each section of chapters (e.g. chapters 1 - 9) have resources that go along with them, including chapter summaries, vocabulary words, a quiz with an answer key, and discussion questions. In my classroom, I complete one section per week because I give students time to read in class, and I also assign chapters for homework. However, you can easily adjust the time for your classroom!
I encourage you to use the activities in this unit in a way that works best for your classroom. These activities are meant to be flexible! Even so, I’ve included a Planning Guide that explains how I complete this unit with my own class.
The detailed chapter summaries are written as a quick-reference for teachers as they work through the novel with their students.
VOCABULARY WORD LIST
This novel is packed with fantastic vocabulary words. For each of the three sections of the novel, you will find a list of great words in each chapter along with the page numbers where you will find them. So, all the hard work has been completed for you! You might decide to pick and choose which words fit best for your students, and have your students learn them.
For each of the three sections in the novel, you’ll also find a vocabulary bookmark for the kids to use while they’re reading. Students love having the definitions of challenging words right there in front of them. Looking words up while reading is time consuming, and it takes away from their focus on the plot of the story. These bookmarks can be copied and passed out to students every week. I’ve included color copies as well as black and white copies of these bookmarks.
There are various novel actives included in this resource. These activities go along with specific chapters or parts in the novel. If applicable, answer keys are included.
For each of the three parts of the novel, you will find a quiz that assesses a student’s understanding of basic plot elements in chapters read that week. It is the perfect way to determine whether or not a student completed the assigned reading. (Critical thinking and analysis questions are kept for discussion questions.) I’ve included an answer key with page numbers for every quiz. NOTE: Remember, I highly encourage you to use these materials in any way that works best for you. Who says this needs to be a quiz? You can always use these multiple-choice/short answer questions as a group activity or a homework assignment!
For each of the three parts, I’ve created discussion questions that are designed to get students to think critically about what they’ve just read. I suggest completing discussion questions AFTER students take the reading quiz for each part. These questions can be discussed as a whole-group, or they can be copied and cut apart for small-group discussions. Blank cards have been included in case you would like to add your own questions. Each part includes 24 questions. There are also questions included for BEFORE you begin reading the novel.
Included at the end of the unit is a final project that requires your students to create a game board based on the novel. Students will need to demonstrate their understanding of the characters, settings, and main events in the story to earn a high grade on this project. This project can be assigned to individual students to complete or to small groups. I find that if students only work on this project while at school, then it takes about 5 hours to complete. We finish the unit with a “Game Day” where students get to play each other’s games.