Number the Stars: A Novel Study and Teaching Guide

Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
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78 pages
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This Number the Stars novel unit is a little different than others out there… there aren’t a ton of question pages… vocabulary in isolation… quizzes… reading worksheets... or projects. Instead, it is filled with suggested teaching points and reflection questions (in two formats—full page reproducibles and “clippable” versions to glue into reader’s notebooks).

This resource is meant to nurture discussion, “close reading”, and proving ideas with evidence from the text. If you are looking for an in-depth resource to use with small groups, a class read aloud, or to support individual students with quality instruction and deep thinking—you’ve come to the right place!

My goal is to help teachers nurture a love of reading and talking and writing about books! This resource is perfect to use with whole class novels, guided reading groups, or even for one-on-one instruction in interventions or for homeschoolers. It's also a great way for teachers to make sure they highlight some of the key elements of the text because the teacher tips are right there in front of them! What a great help for lesson planning!

What do you get?

  • *Full page reproducible copies of open ended, constructed response comprehension questions focusing on key plot elements, deeper thinking, and proving ideas with examples in the text for EACH chapter—providing students the opportunity to show their understanding and to give them a way to organize their thinking for discussions.

  • *The same questions or “prompts” in a format that makes it easy to cut and glue into notebooks.

  • *A sample response checklist to help you assess and to help students recognize the level of expectations required of their work

  • *A page of teaching “tips” and suggestions. After using this book with students many times, I have gathered a collection of “things to notice”, places where students sometimes struggle, and other literary elements that I like to highlight with the text.

  • *A list of the grade 4 and grade 5 CCSS connections to see how this book can help meet the requirements of the CCSS if needed

  • *A set of “bonus” response pages that can be used with this resource to cover certain areas in more depth, to use as assessments or as enrichment, or to extend the learning further

  • *A set of graphic organizers to provide even more ways to help students show their deeper thinking about the text

I hope you enjoy this and other novel units in my store.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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