This is a Common Core aligned novel unit for Raina Telgemeier's graphic novel, "Smile." It is perfect for middle school, and is engaging while meeting critical literature and writing standards. It includes:
*SBAC Style performance task-theme essay
*Short constructed responses
*Comprehension and reflection questions
*Make your own graphic novel mini-project
*Non-fiction reading tie-in
The standards focus in 7th grade, however since the common core standards spiral it would work well in a variety of grade levels.
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