Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French is a great story for upper elementary and middle school students. Julian Carter-Li, a twelve year old from San Francisco, hatches a plan with two friends to save an ancient redwood grove. This is an engaging and entertaining story that can be a fabulous supplement to a unit on ecology or redwoods. I highly recommend it to fans of From the Mixed-up Files of Basil E. Frankenweiler by E.L. Konigsburg, Holes by Louis Sachar, or Hoot by Carl Hiaasen.
This book makes a wonderful novel unit for the whole class or for small reading groups. It works well with fifth, sixth and seventh grade independent reading levels and can be easily used as a read aloud or for advanced literature circles in fourth and fifth grades.
This novel unit includes:
• Chapter Comprehension Checks with answer key (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL. 4.1, 4.3, 5.1, 6.1, 6.3, 7.1)
• Character Map using evidence from text (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL. 4.3, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1)
• ‘top hat’ compare/ contrast graphic organizers (2) (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL 4.3 4.4, 4.6, 5.3, 5.9)
• Writing Prompt Page CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.1.A, 4.1.B, 4.1.C, 5.1.A, 5.1.B, 5.1.C, 6.1.A, 6.1.B, 6.1.E, 7.1.A, 7.1.B, 7.1.E
• Literature Circle Role Sheets (5) (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL. 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 7.4)
• Making Inferences CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.1, 5.1 ,6.1, 7.1)
• Cause and Effect page & blank (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.3, 6.3, 7.3)
• Optional Starter Glossary (source: vocabulary.com)
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