Stone Fox tells the touching story of little Willy, a boy determined to save his grandfather and Searchlight, his equally faithful dog. This novel study is meant to guide your students through the novel using thoughtful reader response, vocabulary work and writing extensions to deepen their comprehension of the story. Here is what you will find in this novel study:
Chapter Summaries and Discussion Questions:
A short paragraph summarizing each chapter will refresh your memory of the chapter on the day you teach it. A few discussion questions are included to get oral discussions going in your classroom or literature group.
Reader Response Entries:
Effective (and joyful!) readers automatically respond to what they read. Our students may not do this automatically, and these entries are meant to guide them through the kind of reading reflection necessary for deep enjoyment and comprehension of this novel. There is a response page for each chapter of the book as well as a response page to be completed after the entire book has been read. These are open-ended, but include a few discussion questions to get students thinking.
Novel studies give students the opportunity to expand their vocabulary in the most relevant way possible—in context! For each chapter there is a vocabulary worksheet that has students examine a few (around 4-8 depending on the chapter) words from the chapter. Often the vocabulary page has students exercise their dictionary skills and use context clues. The activities range from graphic organizers, crossword puzzles and showing the meaning of a word using illustrations.
Along with individual vocabulary work, there are two sets of ‘I Have, Who Has?” vocabulary cards. One set is for chapters 1-5, and the other is for chapters 6-10. This game is a great way to review vocabulary as a class.
Another vocabulary component is a series of pages that can be used as a personal glossary for the book. Students are given space to write the meanings of each vocabulary word in the book. You can use this as a traditional glossary by having students write out definitions of each word, or you can have them use the word in a sentence, or record the word as it is used in the chapter.
For each chapter there is a 10 questions multiple-choice quiz. These quizzes are challenging. They ask students to go beyond basic recall and analyze the text. Questions cover a range of skills that are being taught in your class throughout the year, and in this way the quizzes provide a concrete link from this novel study to your curriculum. Questions ask students to summarize, identify figurative and sensory language, analyze characters and story structure and make inferences, among other things. There is a key included for each of the ten quizzes.
This novel study includes a Writing Extensions Menu. The menu offers students nine writing prompts, all of which ask the students to write about Stone Fox in a way that prompts them to think deeply about the story and characters. Lined paper with the prompt written on the top is also included.
Another writing extension asks students to design a book jacket for Stone Fox. A brainstorming sheet asks students to write a brief summary of the book, a paragraph about the author and recommendations/praise for the book from classmates. Students transfer their brainstorming notes to final draft frames which can be cut out and glued to their book jacket (folded construction paper).
Four templates are included for diamante poems. Diamante poems form the shape of a diamond and describe two alike or opposite things at either end of the diamond shape. In this case, the words at either end of the poem are parts of the names of each of the main characters: Little Willy, Grandfather, Searchlight and Stone Fox. Students can use the template to compose a diamante poem about the main characters in the book. The page is broken into four frames where students can illustrate their poems with scenes from the book.
The pages in this product can be easily assembled into booklets for your students. Simply print the pages you want and staple them along the left hand side of the page. A black and white cover page is included for students to decorate. If you do this at the beginning of the unit, most of your prep will be done for the next few weeks!
I hope this product helps you and your students experience this beloved book with deep joy and comprehension this school year.