I created this novel study so my students could read the book “Stone Fox” in small group and reflect on their reading while practicing common core ELA skills. For each chapter students will answer
standards based questions in the Reading Literature strands and Language strands. Other questions include Reading Foundational skills, Writing skills, and Speaking and Listening skills. Stone Fox is a great novel for 2-4 grade students. Since it is historical fiction based on a legend, it provides many opportunities for students to learn about a different time period with characters and vocabulary terms with which they may not be familiar. This can lead to many teachable moments in social studies contents as well as reading literature.
ELA Standards addressed in this novel study include:
RL.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
RL.2 Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
RL.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
RL.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
RL.5 Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
RL.6 Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
RL.7 Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).
RL.9 Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters
RL.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 23 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
RF.3.a Identify and know the meaning of the most common prefixes and derivational suffixes.
RF.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
RF.4.a Read on level text with purpose and understanding.
W.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
W.1b Provide reasons that support the opinion.
W.1c Use linking words and phrases (e.g., because, therefore, since, for example) to connect opinion and reasons.
W.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
W.3a. Establish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
W.3b. Use dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations.
W.3c. Use temporal words and phrases to signal event orders.
W.3d. Provide a sense of closure.
L.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
L.1a. Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.
L.2c Use commas and quotation marks in dialogue.
L.2d.Form and use possessives.
L.4b Determine the meaning of the new word formed when a known affix is added to a known word
L.4c Use a known root word as a clue to the meaning of an unknown word with the same root
L.4d Use glossaries or beginning dictionaries,