This plan is a twelve page teacher guide based on the novel "Sahara Special" by Esme Raji Codell. It includes activities to foster thinking while reading and extended writing activities. Summaries of student readings are provided to make comprehension checks easy. A story map graphic organizer & small posters on vocabulary strategies, questioning types, how to make connections to the text, and a word web are also included. All you need to begin your guided reading group are copies of the novel, some sticky notes, and construction paper.