Novel Study Witness by Karen Hesse

Novel Study Witness by Karen Hesse
Novel Study Witness by Karen Hesse
Novel Study Witness by Karen Hesse
Novel Study Witness by Karen Hesse
Novel Study Witness by Karen Hesse
Novel Study Witness by Karen Hesse
Novel Study Witness by Karen Hesse
Novel Study Witness by Karen Hesse
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This is a 102 page common-core aligned no prep novel study for Witness by Karen Hesse, created by My Reading Resources. This novel study teaching unit has everything that you will need to teach and assess the novel. The Table of Contents makes finding information quick and easy. The 30+ page student packet is perfect for literature circles or independent work.

From Scholastic:” Revived in the early years of the 20th century, the Ku Klux Klan expanded its campaign of hate and violence to include Jews and Catholics. Spreading into all parts of America, the Klan attempted to infiltrate small towns and enlist members by creating fear of those who are "different" and professing to embrace truly "American" values. Witness tells the story of the Klan's attempt to recruit members in a small town in Vermont in 1924. In the voices of 11 residents of the town, we experience this series of events from many different points of view, in the form of a play written in free verse in five acts. As the characters speak directly to the reader and relate acts of hate and love, violence and peace, terror and kindness, they illuminate the full range of human strengths and weaknesses in one small town.”

Reading Level: 5.9
Lexile Measure: NP
Ages 11 and up*

*CONTENT ADVISORY: contains racist language and some mature content: talk of setting a black family on fire "you'd be cheap fuel" and "like the taste of barbecue"; a newborn baby left to die - the product of the town preacher “forcing himself on a schoolgirl”


Included in this Novel Study Guide:

Introductory and Informational Materials:
▸List of links to videos and books that build understanding about the culture and issues of the 1920s (flappers, women’s suffrage, prohibition, Ku Klux Klan)
▸CCSS Checklists for grades 6 - 8

Vocabulary Building Materials:
▸Master Vocabulary List
▸”Mark My Words” Student Vocabulary Bookmark
▸Word Wall Cards
▸Vocabulary and Definition Cards
▸Final Vocabulary Quiz (answer key included)

Student Packet (divided into 5 sections) featuring:
▸Chapter Questions
▸Focused Information and Questions on Figurative Language and Synonyms/Antonyms
▸Discussion Questions
▸Student Project Suggestions

Skill Building Activities and Worksheets:
▸Character Compare and Contrast Graphic Organizer
▸Character Study Graphic Organizer

▸Final Vocabulary Quiz (matching)
▸Final Exam (50 M/C with writing questions)

Common Core Standards utilized with this unit:
R.L. 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6
R.L. 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6
R.L. 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5, 8.6
L. 6.4, 6.5
L. 7.4, 7.5
L. 8.4, 8.5

Skills addressed in this book study guide include:
▸determining word meaning from context clues
▸figurative language (alliteration, similes, metaphors, hyperbole, idioms, personification, and irony)
▸point of view
▸making inferences
▸synonyms and antonyms
▸provide textual support for answers
▸compare and contrast
▸analyze how a character changes throughout the text
▸write an objective summary
▸compare and contrast this book with another book by Karen Hesse (student project)

Curriculum tie-ins or occasions:
▸race relations
▸Ku Klux Klan (KKK)
▸20th century American history


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