In "Sees Behind Trees,” Walnut, a Native American boy, has poor vision and is not able to shoot arrows as well as the other boys. He learns to "see" with his sense of hearing. At the coming of age ceremony, this gift gives him the grown-up name Sees Behind Trees. He is asked to go on a journey through the woods with Gray Fire, who wants to find the Land of Water. Gray Fire found the beautiful and enchanting Land of Water as a boy, but needs Sees Behind Trees to find it again as an old man.
This book is written at a 4.75 reading level, but can be dense and esoteric reading.
This novel study includes chapter-by chapter comprehension and inference questions, as well as opportunities for students to create their own higher level questions to bring to book group discussions.
A scoring rubric is included that can be used to help students reflect and improve on their written responses to reading. This can easily be changed to meet the needs of your students and your teaching.
At the end of the comprehension questions, you will find over 55 related activities for this book. With hands-on activities, students are encouraged to be minds-on thinkers and problem-solvers. These projects can be used with the whole group, small groups, and/or individuals, and are especially helpful in differentiating for diverse learners.
Related Common Core Standards for reading (literature) and writing are listed.
Answers are included.