Inside the Alamo by Jim Murphy: A Nonfiction Book Study is designed for teachers of students in grades 5-8 reading the book Inside the Alamo, published by Delacorte Press in 2003. Murphy’s book is a nonfiction account of the siege of the Alamo in March of 1836, the attack on the Alamo, and the Texas Revolution. A Newbery Honor book, Inside the Alamo contains quotes from witnesses, profiles of famous people, and illustrations from the period along with Murphy’s engaging text presenting the dramatic events of the Battle of the Alamo.
This book study can be used as a whole class activity, with small reading groups, as a read-aloud by the teacher, or as an independent study.
Features of this book study:
+Oral Reading and Discussion Guide which includes
a brief summary of each chapter
comprehension questions for each chapter
definitions of vocabulary words found in each chapter
+Glossary containing 25 words and definitions
+Crossword puzzle matching glossary words with definitions
+Vocabulary test with twenty-five questions
+A ten-question comprehension check for each of the fourteen vignettes included in the book, Inside the Alamo
+An index activity locating specific information in the book, Inside the Alamo
+A comprehension activity accessing the sidebar information in the book.
+A sequencing activity using dates of significance in the siege and battle of the Alamo
+A list of the ninety-three comprehension questions from the Oral Reading and Discussion Guide, formatted for student use.
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