This study guide could be used in the general education setting or a specialized setting. It was designed to support students, who have had limited experience with interaction of grade level text and offers true access to quality literature and rich language. Direct vocabulary instruction, chapter by chapter, and opportunity to practice grammatical skills (aligned with Multisensory Grammar) support students throughout. Response activities are aligned with 4th and 5th grade Common Core standards in reading, writing and language. Upon completion of this unit, students will know (and hopefully appreciate) The Black Pearl, by Scott O'Dell!