This great student journal is created to be a novel guide for The Boxcar Children Graphic Novel adapted by Shannon Eric Denton. (See note below about how to use this with the original novel.)
The student journal is 17 pages plus a cover. It is black and white for easy printing.
It is Common Core aligned to supplement your instruction for these standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.5 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.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.6 Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.7 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).
Skills it reviews:
Point of View
Elapsed Time (one problem)
Phonics (vowel digraphs and diphthongs)
Singular nouns and plural nouns
Illustrations and Mood
Answer key is included!
Note: The chapters in the graphic novel align with the chapters in the original novel with the exception of one chapter that has been combined with another. A Queer Noise in the Night has been combined with the chapter The Explorers Find Treasure. If you were looking to differentiate your student work for the original novel, you could use this student journal as a lower-level journal that focuses only on the most important parts from the original chapters. The chapter numbers will not line up though.