Rules Novel Study Unit - Common Core Aligned

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I used this for our highest kids doing a book study. These packets are so helpful to understand what they are reading.
This was a great resource to use with my high ability students. The comprehension questions provided great practice with citing evidence from the text.


A no prep, print-and-go novel unit for Rules by Cynthia Lord. Includes chapter-by-chapter reader response questions, engaging journal prompts, character analysis work, lesson plans, answer key, and more!

If you are looking for the perfect summertime novel to inspire your upper elementary to middle school readers, Rules by Cynthia Lord is a must read.

This 61-page print and go novel unit includes:

• lesson plans for seamless implementation

• 22-pages of chapter by chapter reader response questions

• character analysis work

• 9-pages of context clue word work

• story map

• end of novel compare and contrast writing project

• figurative language work

• post-reading journal prompts

• CCSS covered

• answer key

Summary of the novel:

Catherine is looking forward to summer and meeting her new same age neighbor. As her family navigates life with her autistic brother, David, through weekly appointments and monitoring him at all times, little time is left for Catherine. While she misses her best friend who is visiting her dad for the summer in California, she makes an unlikely friend that proves that true friendship comes when you aren't looking for it.

Your students will zip through this high-interest novel while working to consider the importance of how we treat one another because we never know a person's entire story until we ask and listen.

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ELA Standards:

RL.4.1, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.5, RL.4.6

RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, RL.5.5, RL.5.6

RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.6.6

RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.4, RL.7.5, RL.7.6

W.4.4, W.5.4, W.6.4, W.7.4, W.8.4

Total Pages
61 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.
Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.


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