This novel guide would work great in a whole class setting or for students reading this classic book in reading groups or literature circles. Here's a breakdown of the reading skills:
There are prompts for each chapter to help students practice predicting throughout the book. Students can also revisit the predictions they recorded and orally make predictions based on the titles of the chapters.
There are 4 vocabulary words/phrases for each chapter.
There are note-taking sheets for the main characters of the book. Students can add to their notes as they progress in the story. At the end, they can write about their favorite character.
Chapters 1, 4, 8, 10: Character Motivation
After finishing these chapters, students can complete the table to notice WHO (which character) does WHAT (actions) and the reasons WHY (motivations).
Chapters 2, 5,7,11,13: Cause and Effect
After finishing these chapters, students can either write or cut and paste about the cause-and-effect relationships.
Chapters 3,6,9,12: Understanding Characters
After finishing these chapters, students can answer questions about the selected character.
Extension: Compare and Contrast
There’s an animated movie of “The Boxcar Children” that’s probably at your local library. Students would enjoy watching it and they can compare and contrast it to the book afterwards.
Keywords and Phrases: The Boxcar Children