This ready-to-use guide is completely aligned to the Common Core Standards for Language Arts for grades 4-7. These activities will enhance your students' understanding of this award-winning novel and encourage critical thinking, text analysis, and synthesis of literature and informational text. Included in this guide are:
--Vocabulary activities that encourage students to use context to determine word meanings
--engaging Pre-Reading Activities that provide background on the setting and characters, as well as introduce the literary elements of foreshadowing and flashback
--Chapter Discussion Questions that range in depth and difficulty and that require students to cite textual evidence to support their answers
--Language Activities that incorporate passages from the novel as examples
--a challenging but thought-provoking Performance Task that requires students to use information from several different sources to create a final piece of writing
As a classroom teacher, curriculum developer, and author, I have found that these guides are wonderful ways to not just cover the required standards, but engage students in lively and thoughtful discussions about the themes, characters, and surprises of literature.