The Bread Winner by Arvella Whitmore

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4th - 6th, Homeschool
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This is a zipped file with two secure PDF files for The Bread Winner by Arvella Whitmore. The resource is a low prep novel unit and includes a student PDF with all student activity pages that teachers can print as a novel study packet for reading groups. The second PDF has all student pages with teacher notes, answer keys, and student samples.

The Bread Winner is a high interest novel study 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 resource 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)

Chapter Vocabulary

Character Chart

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 to purchase both the activities for The Gardener and The Bread Winner at a discounted price.

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literature unit, novel studies, financial literacy, Depression era, historical fiction, literature circles, reading groups

Total Pages
62 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


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