This novel study is organised into the 21 chapters of the book. Each chapter has 7-18 questions, all of which elicit higher order thinking (no lower-order questions such as what, who, where etc are included). The novel study was developed by me for use with my Grade 1/2 gifted and talented class but would also be useful for both mainstream and gifted/talented classes from Grades 3-5.
I do not include spaces for answers, as this allows you to differentiate... you might expect a 1 sentence answer from your lowest group of students, and a whole essay on the same question from your top group of students, including evidence/quotes from the text. It gives you the flexibility to use the questions how you choose. In fact, it also allows you to designate (or let the students choose) which questions are answered by which students.
The questions are informally based on Bloom's Taxonomy and The Williams Model. They also meld nicely with many strategies from C.A.R.S, First Steps and The Maker Model.
There is a strong focus on comparing and contrasting, building vocabulary, understanding figurative language (alliteration, similes, metaphors & personification), connecting to a text & characters, analysing, evaluating, understanding inferential information, grammar (verbs, adverbs, adjectives), and understanding author's purpose (word choice).
Williams Model questions include: analogy, provocative question, What if, examples of change, attirubute listing, tolerance for ambiguity, and study creative processes.
This product is different to my other product for sale entitled "Matilda by Roald Dahl Higher Order Thinking Activities". This product is broken into chapters and has many more questions, making it ideal for whole-class use as a complete novel study. My other product would work well for an individual child or for a class to use after reading the book. It has a stronger focus on activities, rather than questions.
NOTE: I have a wide range of HIGHER ORDER THINKING novel studies for sale- check out all my titles at my store! They are my best-sellers, as I believe they genuinely fill a need in the market- I actually began making them because I couldn't find anything like them already on the market. I got sick of having to use literature studies that involved really basic types of questioning, and just didn't challenge or extend students' thinking and understanding at all. These novel studies take me a lot of time and careful thought to create- you are truly getting a lot of value for money! I hope you find them as helpful and enjoyable to use as my previous customers have!