Number the Stars Novel Study - Characterization, Context Clues, and Inferencing

Grade Levels
4th - 7th
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Includes questions for each chapter, a before-reading activity, two characterization activities, two context clues activities, and an inferencing activity. Questions are text dependent and written specifically for this novel.

There is one page of text-dependent questions for each of the 17 chapters of Lois Lowry's novel, Number the Stars. Each one has three characterization questions, two context clues questions, and three inferencing questions with lines for students' answers. These can be used for interactive notebook pages or for chapter assessments of these three important skills.

The prereading activity involves making inferences from chapter titles.

One characterization activity is a character map about the main character, Annemaire. The other is a characterization chart about several important characters.

The context clues activities involve locating the clues, defining words from context clues, and choosing from multiple meanings.

The inferencing activity is a chart about quotations from the story.

The Easel Activity is ready to use with answer boxes for student responses. It includes all of the chapter questions and activity sheets.

This novel study supports a number of the Reading: Literature standards, especially those involving using text-based evidence, determining main ideas and details, using context clues, and making inferences.

See more novel studies here, and for more practice with reading skills, see my task cards.

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Total Pages
60 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.


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