Complete novel packet for Black History Month, ELA/Social Studies cross-curricular civil rights unit, coming-of-age/courage to do the right thing, or a back to school title. Flexible for individual study or a read-aloud. During a tumultuous summer set in 1969, twelve-year old Sarah faces guilt and worry over her little sister's accident, a terrible fight with her best friend, her first crush, and new awareness of racism as her southern town faces school integration. Will she and Ruby, who is black, have the courage to cross the 'fine line' when school starts? A minor theme explores her doubts about God, but as a realistic part of the cultural setting of rural North Carolina the book is appropriate for public schools.
CCSS-aligned comprehension questions are designed for close reading or critical listening. One page, double-sided handouts for every two chapters. Multiple choice and short answer. See the Preview for full-page examples. Skills include main ideas/detail, sequence, prediction, using context clues, inference, characterization, theme, sensory language and literary terms, summary, opinion and more.
In addition to the comprehension questions, there are many optional handouts to pick and choose. All are specific to the text and not generic handouts. Keys are included with both explicit and possible answers.
*Context clues mini-lesson
*Readings on integration and tobacco-farming for background
*Descriptive (sensory and figurative) language in the book
*Examples of literary terms found in the text
*Compare/contrast character study
*Extra activities (creative writing, recipes, 1960s historical events
in the book and more)
*Separate faith-based questions (see the Preview for a sample)
*Decorated writing papers for short answer questions
*List of CCSStandards for 4-7 covered in the packet
*Answer keys and teacher tips
4th-5th reading level or high interest, easier reading for middle school.
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