Missing May Novel Study Unit - Common Core Aligned

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5th - 8th, Homeschool
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Beautifully done! The questions were thought provoking and led to excellent discussions. Nice job honoring the integrity of this wonderful novel!
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A no prep, print-and-go novel unit for Missing May by Cynthia Rylant. Includes reader response questions, engaging journal prompts, setting analysis work, lesson plans, answer key, and more!

Summary: Missing May is a realistic fiction novel by Cynthia Rylant about an unlikely family coping with the loss of their matriarch. This amazing story shared from Summer, a 12 year-old girl's perspective is a perfect novel to share with your upper elementary to middle school students.

This Missing May Novel Unit includes:
• 14-pages of reader response questions
• a pacing guide for easy planning and implementation
• 7-pages of context clue word work to enhance vocabulary
• setting analysis work
• a story map
• simile and metaphor activity
• 3-post reading journals for student writing
• an answer key for quick checking of student work
• all CCSS for reading literature and writing standards covered

The novel is not included, but for novel info:
Reading Level
Grade level Equivalent: 6.7
Lexile Measure®: 980L
DRA: 60
Guided Reading: W
Death, Grief, Loss
Extended Families
Travel and Vacations

Engaging your students in this short chapter novel will not be a challenge with this print and go unit.


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Total Pages
42 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.


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