The Bread Winner by Arvella Whitmore is a high interest low prep novel unit for upper elementary students. After gathering background information about the Depression, students identify events in each chapter of The Bread Winner that are most likely to be historically accurate.
One of the themes in The Bread Winner is facing challenges. The main character learns to face bullies at her school and in her neighborhood. The book gives an opportunity to discuss bullying and different choices for handling a bully.
If a parent had not recommended this book to me, I would never have found it. It is a great historical fiction novel and a great addition to the study of financial literacy skills. It has a girl main character, but boys enjoy reading the book as well.
The unit includes:
Common Core Standards (4th grade)
Sample Pacing Chart
Discussion Topics (bullying)
Non-Fiction Background Reading for the Great Depression
Cause and Effect chart for the Great Depression
Foldable Booklet for Gist Statements (summarizing)
Reading Comprehension Questions for each chapter (as an alternative to the gist statements in the foldable booklet)
Story Plot Map
Compare/Contrast Sarah and Carla Venn diagram
Calculate Bread Earnings (math integration)
Mini Research Project and Point of View Postcard Creative Writing Activity
Expository Essay identifying the changes in the main character (sample essay and rubric included)
End of Book Test (study guide and answer key included)
Teacher notes and answer keys included.
This novel works well with the mentor text/picture book, The Gardener by Sarah Stewart. CLICK HERE
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Literature Unit, Novel Study, Financial Literacy, Depression Era, Historical Fiction, literature circles, reading groups