This is a close reading guide to the book Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart.
Lily Jo McGrother is a girl, born a boy. She goes through life constantly walking the fine line between wanting to stay true to herself and wanting to feel accepted. Dunkin Dorfman deals with bipolar disorder and has just moved to Florida from New Jersey, where he has lived for all of his 13 years. Lily and Dunkin come together to form a special bond that helps them through their live's toughest transitions.
This is a MUST READ in the middle school classroom. Dealing with both gender identity and mental health issues, this book guides students through issues that are rarely discussed in children's and YA literature. Donna Gephart introduces students to these issues in a completely appropriate and sensitive manner. This text will hook your students, as well as be a wonderful springboard for inferencing, character study, and opinion writing.
As close reading is such an important part of the Common Core, students need to be taught to be analytic as they read texts. This unit includes writing/discussion questions for each chapter (answer key included), as well as larger-scale writing assessments. The classroom discussion questions deeply examine the themes of the novel as well as inferences that can be made as students read. I have used this unit with gifted grade 4 all the way through grade 8. I have used this unit in special education as well as regular education classrooms, and it has been successful across the board. It includes everything you need! There are chapter summaries, vocabulary activities, and class discussion questions for each chapter. I have used the questions for homework, classwork, or just as a springboard for Socratic discussions and literature circles. Please feel free to ask questions before your purchase. AND...don't forget to leave feedback. It's like free TPT money!