Looking for something a little "scary." Kids love a good ghost story, don’t they?!! They like the mystery, the suspense, and a touch of scary!
Betty Ren Wright is known for her mystery/ghost stories. Tastefully written for young readers, her stories enthrall her readers and leave them anxious to read the next page. RL: 5.
The Dollhouse Murders is an “after-the-fact” murder mystery, but it is so much more! Great themes of friendship, trust, guilt, family interactions, parent-child squabbles, accountability, sibling rivalry, and even “comfort food” fill the pages with wonderful opportunities for discussion and learning.
In this packet I have attempted to provide both a conventional study of vocabulary and comprehension AND activities which focus on the many themes, issues, and problems that litter the pages. They are designed to make your students think about and delve into the story and its many messages.
I hope you and your students will enjoy the novel and the activities with which I have provided you in this packet!
Table of Contents
Vocabulary by Chapter(s)
Vocabulary Word Sneak Game
Vocabulary Word Sneak Possible Conversation Topics
Blank Vocabulary Cards for Word Sneak
Story Elements Poster
Bringing It All Together (Story Elements)
Themes, Themes, and More Themes
Realistic, Mystery . . .? (Genres)
Enough Guilt for Everyone!
Four Types of Writing Poster
Have Some Chocolate! You’ll Feel Much Better (using the four
types of writing)
Making Pizza: Procedural Writing
List of Transition Words
Making Pizza Graphic Organizer
Can You Take Back Words?: A Quote and An Opinion
What Makes Our Story Suspenseful?
Thinking Questions (Comprehension) by Chapter Groupings
Our Own Class Birthday Party for Amy and Ellen
The Dollhouse Murders Test
Other Available Novel Study Units:
The Witch of Blackbird Pond: Novel Study Unit
The Acorn People: Novel Study Unit
The Secret Garden: Novel Study Unit Abel's Island: Novel Study Unit
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: Novel Study Unit Wonder: Novel Study Unit
Number the Stars: Novel Study Unit
Island of the Blue Dolphins: Novel Study Unit I Am David: Novel Study Unit
The Dollhouse Murders: Novel Study Unit
Sign of the Beaver: Novel Study Unit
Maniac Magee: Novel Study Unit