In my classroom, I divide this novel into four parts. Each section of chapters (e.g. chapters 1 - 5) have 2 resources that go along with them - a quiz with an answer key and a discussion activity that requires students to dig a bit deeper into the text. 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!
DURING READING CHALLENGE PROJECT
I’ve included a challenge project for students who are needing an extra challenge. This project invites skilled readers to complete 10 journal entries through the eyes of Brian, the main character. I’ve included an explanation letter that can be sent home to parents as well as two forms of a rubric for grading - one taken out of 100 points and one with blank point values.
For each of the four 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 four 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 used in several ways:
1 - Print the discussion questions and use them to facilitate a whole-class novel discussion.
2 - Print the discussion questions and tape them in different places around your classroom. Give each student a clipboard, a pencil, and a copy of the “Discussion Responses” form. Instruct students that they must go around the room to answer every question. I let them compete the questions in any order. (You can have them do this quietly and independently or in small groups to encourage collaboration and small group discussions.) I do let students use their novels to help them.
3 - Print a set of questions for each student to take home and review. Tell them they must be prepared to discuss these questions at tomorrow’s “Book Chat.” Host a “Book Chat” (whole-group) discussion the next day, encouraging each child to add to the discussion at least three times.
I’ve included answer keys and “suggested answers” for the discussion questions.