"Heaven," by Angela Johnson, is a Coretta Scott King award-winning novel, detailing the events in young Marley's life as she figures out that she isn't who she thought she once was. Featuring a strong female protagonist, this novel is inspiring and perfect for a culturally responsive classroom!
Students will enjoy reading about Marley's journey to figure out who she really is, what her friendships mean, and what "family" actually is. This book is organized in short but powerful chapters, giving students ample time to process the information they read. Each chapter of the novel study has a before, during, and after questions and graphic organizers to help students build crucial CCSS skills and also gain more meaning from the novel itself.
This novel study is perfect for independent reading (in-class or as homework!), literature circles, whole-class, guided reading, or as a teacher guide to the novel. 47 pages of CCSS-aligned student work will keep your students learning as they move through this truly enjoyable novel, and 24 pages of suggested answers/teaching suggestions are included to keep you ahead of the game, as well!
CCSS alignment for 4th and 5th grade provided for each chapter's activities, but other grade levels available upon request. Answer key for all "After you read" sections is now included!! The answer key highlights teaching points as well as suggested answers and discussion questions to get your readers thinking even more.
If you and your students enjoy this novel, please rate. Happy reading!
If your students like "Heaven," they will love "Riding Freedom," which has another strong female protagonist:
Riding Freedom (Level P)
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