This CCSS-aligned novel study unit may be simple to implement, but it requires higher-order thinking for students to complete! This resource guides students through this historical fiction novel with graphic organizers, text-dependent questions, and plenty of opportunities to think critically about the story at hand!
"Sugar," a historical fiction novel by Jewell Parker Rhodes, tells the story of a young orphan on a post-slavery sugar plantation in Louisiana. Your students will love this spunky main character, and will be captivated by her journey to find her own freedom. Themes include freedom, racial justice / racial tension, friendship, overcoming obstacles, and more. This book bring history alive, and works great in conjunction with Social Studies slavery and post-slavery units!
This novel study breaks the novel into 17 reading assignments, and includes a pre-reading journal entry and research page. Each reading assignment includes "Before you read" and "After you read" sections, filled with text-dependent and critical literacy-based questions! Each chapter also includes one "vocabulary builder" to keep students' context clues skills sharp!
The teaching guide provided gives teaching tips, further questions to help students think deeper, and suggested responses for the text-dependent chapter questions.
This novel study makes a great addition to Black History Month units, historical fiction units, racial justice units, and more! Download the preview to see two chapter response pages with their corresponding answer keys.
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Happy reading! :)