Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus Novel Study

Grade Levels
5th - 8th
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This novel study for the novel Insignificant Events in the life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling includes a variety of activities that address a wide range of expectations. Each chapter section includes several comprehension questions, a diary entry page, a section for summarizing the chapter and a section for students to look up vocabulary related to the chapter. At the end of the file there are additional activities that can be used at any point during the novel study as well as some activities that should be done after reading the whole text. A digital version is also included that students can use with Google Slides. This digital version does not work with Google Read and Write as the text is embedded into the background of the slide.

This novel study includes 170 pages of comprehension questions and other activities. I do not recommend using all of these pages but instead you can pick and choose how often you want to assign a page to your students.

Some of the Activities Included:

-comprehension questions related to the chapter

-diary entry pages for each chapter

-vocabulary definition (2 words per chapter that students need to find the definition for)

-summarizing section for each chapter

-2 mind map activities

-Character interview questions and response activity

-Book advertisement page

-Create a book review

-video links for related videos

-timeline activity


Other Novel Studies:

Refugee by Alan Gratz

City of Ember

A Wrinkle in Time

Total Pages
180 pages
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Not Included
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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