This novel study is based on the Kate and Jol Temple book, "Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade".The novel study is organised into the 38 chapters of the book. Each chapter has 1-4 questions depending on the length of the chapter (some chapters are only a couple of sentences long!). All questions elicit higher order thinking (no lower-order questions such as what, who, where etc are included).
There are also 16 final questions and activities at the end of the novel study, which include a range of activities to suit all learning styles and preferences. They could also be used as independent projects. The novel study was developed by me for use with high ability Grade 3 students but would also be useful for both mainstream and gifted/talented classes from Grades 2-5. It could be used for a whole class, small group or individual students.
The questions are informally based on Bloom's Taxonomy and The Williams Model. They also meld nicely with many strategies from C.A.R.S, First Steps and The Maker Model.
There is a strong focus on building vocabulary, understanding narrative writing techniques and structures, figurative language (alliteration, similes, metaphors and personification), connecting to a text & characters, analysing, evaluating, synthesising, creating, understanding inferential information, grammar (verbs, adverbs, nouns, adjectives), and understanding author's purpose (word choice and author techniques such as humour, dialogue, etc.).
I do not include spaces for answers, as this allows you to differentiate... you might expect a 1 sentence answer from your lowest group of students, and a whole essay on the same question from your top group of students, including evidence/quotes from the text. It gives you the flexibility to use the questions how you choose. In fact, it also allows you to designate (or let the students choose) which questions are answered by which students.
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