Rules by Cynthia Lord - Novel Study and Key

Grade Levels
4th - 6th
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30 pages
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Cynthia Lord's "Rules" will captivate your readers - and this detailed, rigorous, print-and-go resource will help them get the most out of this story! Students will research autism before they read, build knowledge throughout the story, and reflect on their reading and reactions in meaningful ways!

Catherine, the main character in this powerful story, helps guide her brother (who has autism) on a daily basis with a set of tried and true rules, which, she finds out, sometimes need to be broken. To accompany this important novel, this novel study provides student with a pre-reading research and reflection opportunity about autism, CCSS-aligned text dependent chapters for 10 manageable reading assignments, and plenty of chances for discussions to arise!

The questions in this novel study are designed with critical literacy in mind; they challenge students to think outside of the box, to consider other character's perspectives, and to act as judges for moral questions. Each student response page has a "Before you read" question to activate schema and group discussions surrounding a theme in the reading assignment, and multiple text dependent questions to deepen thinking and build literacy skills. CCSS alignment for each page provided for 4th-6th grade. A detailed teacher's guide with answer suggestions is provided to make teaching this novel seamless and enjoyable!

Perfect for guided reading, literature circles, book clubs, and even independent reading! Add this novel study to your Autism Awareness unit to help students make meaningful connections and build their knowledge of this topic.

Each page has margins that are stretched to accommodate more student work - no fluff!

Happy reading! :)

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30 pages
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