This 50 page resource for the novel "My Side of the Mountain" by Jean Craighead George contains everything you need to guide your students in engaged reading and higher level thinking. It begins with leveled nonfiction connections used to not only build background knowledge but also help students listen to each others' ideas. Each lesson gives detailed directions, specific modelling instructions and possible student responses. The reading is divided into manageable sections with complete chapter by chapter summaries and includes think about written response question handouts. Posters, vocabulary practice, graphic organizers and extension suggestions are also included. This resource can be used with the entire class, a literature circle or guided reading group or even as substitute plans. Enjoy!