Give your students the opportunity to respond to literature through written expression! These questions are designed to not only focus on your students’ reading comprehension and critical thinking skills, but as a “no prep” assessment tool. Through this type of questioning, students and teachers alike, gain a deeper understanding of this very powerful novel.
For novice teachers, or first time instructors of Number the Stars, if you’ve ever found yourself struggling to ask meaningful, thought provoking, higher order thinking questions about this particular novel, then this will be especially helpful for you!
Questions have been organized by chapters:
• Chapters 1-2 (6 questions)
• Chapters 3-4 (6 questions)
• Chapters 5-6 (8 questions)
• Chapters 7-8 (7 questions)
• Chapters 9-10 (7 questions)
• Chapters 11-12 (7 questions)
• Chapters 13-14 (4 questions)
• Chapter 15 (5 questions)
• Chapters 16-17 (6 questions)
• Afterword (4 questions)
The questions have been formatted in three (3) ways. Use the .pdf format to simply copy and use as a writing assignment at the conclusion of each chapter. Students can either respond to the questions on the worksheet, or answer them in their writing journals. Even though questions are provided for each chapter, we don’t always use the questions as a writing assignment; at times we simply answer chapter questions orally, which always sparks powerful class discussions, and prepares them for chapter and/or unit assessments.
The questions are also provided in “Notebook Layout View,” created with Microsoft Word for Mac 2011, Version 14.4.1. In our class, we simply “airdrop” the complete Notebook to student computers one time, and students then have the questions for each of the 17 chapters conveniently on their desktops. By using the “tab” feature, students easily find the chapter questions needed, complete the questions, and then “airdrop” them back to me for grading, which is a great way to integrate technology into your daily instruction.
The questions are also formatted in .doc form. Page numbers are included to assist students with citing evidence from the text to support their answers. They may or may not correlate with the page numbers of the book you are using. As Special Education teachers, this is a valuable accommodation to meet our students’ needs. However, we’ve included the chapter questions in .doc format, so that you can edit as you see fit, and/or remove the page numbers if you would rather your students cite evidence without that support. Additionally, you can add or remove any of the questions, to meet your own specific needs for differentiating instruction.
These questions are as versatile as they are easy to incorporate into your reading instruction, no matter what program or method you are currently using! Use them as discussion starters, to assess student understanding, as an assessment tool, or simply use them as journal prompts to evaluate students' written expression. These questions are especially helpful for those using a Reader's Workshop model, to either spark dialogues, use with book clubs, or assess students' understanding of the novel.
Be sure to download the preview of a sample page. Answer keys are provided.
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