This packet includes questions that break down each chapter to give guidance and scaffolding to struggling readers while allowing them to work independently.
This book works especially well to engage boys who have difficulty engaging with reading, as it centres around a male protagonist who is their age and takes place during WWII.
Each chapter is explored through different reading strategies, including Making Connections, Evaluating, Predicting, Summarising, Inferencing, Building Vocabulary, and Visualising. There are also 'before reading' and 'after reading' questions, as well as summative exercises to compete.
Additionally, there are mini 'choice boards' at the end of every couple of chapters, which allow students to respond to the text in different ways. Some examples of these are:
- Visualise: create a picture of the woods and swamp during the bombing
- Research: Make a list of 5 facts about the Junkers in WWII
- Write an ad to convince people to go against the Nazis and become a partisan. Film it.
- Record this chapter as an audiobook.
- Making Connections: Compare and contrast your life with Max or Zena’s life. Use a Venn diagram chart.
- Write a diary entry from Max’s point of view about the time he spent trapped underneath the tree. Think of everything he was feeling - hopeless, hopeful, determined, defeated… Dear Diary,