This is a close reading guide to the book Shades of Gray. In Carolyn Reeder's beautiful story of Will Page and the invaluable lessons he learns as he struggles to get past an enormous loss following the Civil War. This book is so important to any 4th, 5th, or 6th grade class study the Civil War or American History.
As close reading is such an important part of the Common Core, students need to be taught to be analytic as they read texts. This unit includes close reading sections, chapter-by-chapter vocabulary, a chapter-by-chapter summary, and discussion questions (for each chapter), as well as "essential questions" that can serve as long-term class discussion starters. I have used this unit with gifted grade four all the way through grade eight. I have used this unit in special education as well as regular education classrooms, and it has been successful across the board. It includes everything you need! (RL.4-RL.8 as well as W.4-8 covered in this novel study)
* close reading guides
* chapter-by-chapter vocabulary
* chapter-by-chapter questions
* "long answer" questions which encourage students to make inferences and to delve deeper into close reading
* chapter summaries
* pre-reading writing piece
* character studies
* analytical questions
* a creative writing piece
* literary comparison to This American Life podcast episode
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