Pleasing the Ghost Novel Unit for Grades 4-6 Common Core Aligned

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Pleasing the Ghost: A Common Core Aligned Print and Go!!! No Prep Novel Unit with ANSWER KEY!

You can NEVER go wrong with a Sharon Creech novel in your middle grade classroom.

A text I have had on my classroom bookshelf for sometime is Pleasing the Ghost by Sharon Creech. I adore Sharon Creech!!! From Love That Dog to Walk Two Moons to Hate That Cat-she is an AMAZING writer. Why I have never taken the time to read this book which I ordered from Scholastic at some point until recently, I have no idea?! What a GREAT story!

In a nutshell, Pleasing the Ghost is about a boy, Dennis, who is able to see and communicate with ghosts. He gets a special visit from the ghost of Uncle Arvie who has "three pleases" he wants Dennis to help him with. One tricky aspect of Uncle Arvie is that he had a stroke before he passed and has a hard time with his words, one of the aspects that is both humorous and challenging for both the reader and Dennis. The only other person in the story that can see ghosts is Billy Baker, Dennis' nemesis, and the class bully. If you have time, you can read this book in no time, but it is a great small group novel to tackle with 3rd and 4th grade on-level readers as well as 5th and 6th grade intervention readers.

This is the reader response unit that I developed to use with my students. I know you will find it useful/helpful with yours!

Pleasing the Ghost Print and Go Unit includes:

• 12-pages of chapter by chapter comprehension questions

• context clue word work

• character analysis

• story map

• journal prompts for post reading reflection

Enjoy this fun read and keep me posted on what you think!

Pleasing the Ghost novel is not included, but for your information:

Interest Level

Grades 3 - 5

Reading Level

Grade level Equivalent: 4.8

Lexile Measure®: 520L

DRA: Not Available

Guided Reading: V

Genre:General Fiction

Theme/Subject: Ghosts, Monsters, Vampires, Witches


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24 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.


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