This historical fiction novel written in verse is jam-packed with strong writing, voice, stunning imagery, and figurative language that will leave the story lingering in students' minds long after the last page has been read!
Whether used with whole-class instruction, literature circles, small groups, academic intervention services, tutoring, or for independent reading, this packet is designed to prompt students to think deeply about the text and to show evidence of their thinking.
This 50-page product includes:
-A 36-page Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse Student Packet
-A 5-week Calendar Sketch
-A Model Page
-12 pages of Novel Updates and Questions that allow for student choice
-12 in-depth activities to help students analyze setting, word choice, characterization, voice, metacognition, symbolism, visualization, conflict, opinion, plot diagram, book rating, and connections
-2 lengthier writing assignments including explanations of epilogue, playwriting, and theme
-1 page of book recommendations
-4 different vocabulary pages, giving you and your students flexibility
-A 5-paragraph ‘Response to Literature’ essay that includes 4 writing prompts to allow for student choice
-An essay grading rubric (10-point scale and 4-point scale)
-A homework-tracking sheet
Additional skills in this packet include identifying and explaining the use of: protagonist, antagonist, tone, problems and resolutions, predictions, sensory details, foreshadowing, flashback, metaphor, simile, personification, alliteration, and dramatization.
Please note this packet is not intended to be a list of comprehension questions specific to the novel. It is instead designed to foster close reading, critical thinking, and meaningful writing by pushing students to move beyond comprehension and delve deeply into understanding, applying, analyzing, and evaluating. This truly pushes students to show evidence of their thinking while reading, and helps them develop wonderful metacognition skills while preparing them for the close reading and meaningful writing they need to master to succeed on standardized tests.
for inclusive classrooms is built into the product, including definitions of challenging words (i.e.: protagonist, antagonist, dramatization), scaffolded models using a range of reading levels, students’ choice in each journal response, allowing students to draw responses, and more!
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Reading Response Journal
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare: Literature Circle Packet
Wonder by R.J. Palacio: Grades 5, 6, 7
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