This packet is everything you need for a novel study on "Rosa Parks" by Eloise Greenfield. This book was awarded the Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. This resource could be used for literature circles, guided reading, and more. It's at a 4th grade reading level (Guided Reading Level P).
This guide has two parts: a student response packet and teacher’s guide. Some chapters are grouped together so that each reading assignment is roughly 15 pages.
This literature packet does not focus on within text comprehension questions (i.e. what year did an event take place, retell what happened, etc.). Rather, it focuses on skills that require the students to go beyond the text and use evidence from the text to support their inferences. Often times there is more than one correct response. Some of the skills that are focused on are
•Using context to determine the meaning of prefixes
•Identifying character traits and supporting these traits with examples from the text
•Characters’ (or the authors’) motivations and feelings
•Comparing events across chapters
•Identifying important parts
•Forming opinions and supporting them with textual evidence
The 22 page teacher’s guide contains several features:
•For each question: possible answer choices or examples from the book that students may use to support their response
•Summaries of each chapter that highlights the main events
•Pre-reading activity to build background knowledge and vocabulary
•Post-reading activity to learn about other Civil Rights leaders
•4th Grade Common Core State Standards (CCSS) correlations for each question (other grade levels are applicable as well, however, since Rosa Parks is at a fourth grade reading level, these were the standards that were focused on)
The Common Core Standards addressed are
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1b Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.4b Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., telegraph, photograph, autograph).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.6 Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being (e.g., quizzed, whined, stammered) and that are basic to a particular topic (e.g., wildlife, conservation, and endangered when discussing animal preservation).