I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916
by Lauren Tarshis
This novel study was created for my 5th grade ELA classes, most of whom are low readers and need worksheets and questions that are not busy, less wordy, and have extra supports to find the answers in the text. I have been having trouble finding this and started creating my own resources to better meet the needs of my students.
It is a worksheet page for each chapter in the book. If your students can handle being given a packet, you could print it as an entire packet. I generally assign 1 chapter to read for homework a night and send one page to hold them accountable for reading.
Each chapter has a section with comprehension questions, and then other various activities covering many skills. There are examples and help throughout so that students are able to do the activities correctly without help from the teacher.
That’s 15 worksheets, plus answer keys.
I hope that this resource helps some other class!
Sincerely, Mrs. Buckeye Nut
Chapter 1: Setting, Building background knowledge
Chapter 2: Characterization, Setting, Map Scale
Chapter 3: Action verbs, Similes
Chapter 4: Synonyms, Predicting, Building background knowledge
Chapter 5: Antonyms, Character traits, Text-to-self connections, using textual evidence
Chapter 6: Context clues, visualization
Chapter 7: Vocabulary, Sequencing
Chapter 8: Compare and Contrast, Synonyms
Chapter 9: Descriptive details, Cause & Effect
Chapter 10: Text-to-text connections (“The Boy Who Cried Wolf”), Gerunds
Chapter 11: Figurative language, Point of view, Predicting, Using textual evidence
Chapter 12: Figurative language, character traits
Chapter 13: Elements of historical fiction
Chapter 14: Word origins, editing
Chapter 15: Theme
I also have available a final test that can be given either on paper or using Google forms that goes with the novel study.
Not sure if you'll like the format? I have a free sample of chapters 1 to 5 that you can try to see if you like it before committing. Enjoy!