The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis: Novel Unit

Grade Levels
6th - 8th, Homeschool
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38 pages
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All The Breadwinner materials bundled: Workbook, Test, and Journal


Pg. 1: Cover Page

Pgs. 2-20: Chapter questions and vocab activities

Pg. 9: Graphic Organizer (focus is character development)

Pg. 21: Graphic Organizer (focus is story elements using 'story mountain' organizer)

Pg. 22: Book Review Form.

Pgs. 23-28: Key


> Covers whole novel

> Questions for every chapter

> 250 chapter questions total

> Vocabulary activity for each chapter (matching)
> 38 pages total

Graphic Organizers
> The character graphic organizer is specific to the text.

> Story plot graphic organizer. This organizer can be with any text

> Book Review Form. This can be used for any book/story! A career-long resource! Asks student to: describe protagonist, summarize book, tell if they recommend it (or not) and why, and star rate it.

Three types of questions:

  • Short Response (complete sentences not required)
  • Complete Response (complete sentences required)
  • True/False

> About 7% of questions are open-ended thought questions to encourage independent thinking. The rest have right/wrong answers.

Example Questions

> Short Response

When will prisoners be taken into the stadium again?

Why does Shauzia have to dress as a boy and work?

What makes Parvana “put her anger away”?

Who wants to start a school?

> Written Response

The reader learns that Parvana’s parents had a chance to leave Afghanistan at one time. What was father’s reason for why they needed to stay? Two sentences minimum.

How would you describe Mrs. Weera’s attitude? Two sentences minimum.

How are Shauzia’s and Parvana’s lives similar? Two sentences minimum.

> True/False

Mrs. Weera and mother are breaking Taliban law.

Parvana feels proud of herself at the end of the day.

Parvana’s secret is that she is planning to move to France.


> Limitless journal for use throughout the novel. Teacher can dictate quantity and quality of entries.

> Includes cover page and an example entry.

> Student task is to collect quotes from the novel then respond to the line selected.

Pg. 1: Cover page

Pgs. 2-5: Journal entry pages

Pg. 6: Example journal entry

<> THE TEST <>

> Covers entire novel

> Key

> 26 questions

  • 20 Multiple Choice
  • 6 True/False

Example Questions

> Why is Parvana allowed to go to the market with father?

(A) she is good reader

(B) she knows how to bargain prices

(C) her father needs her help to walk

(D) because she looks like a boy

> What does Parvana become responsible for?

(A) making money for the family to live on

(B) her father’s books

(C) taking care of the little ones

(D) her mother’s depression

> Parvana stays out after curfew to help whom?

(A) Shauzia (B) father (C) Homa (D) Malali

> Parvana’s family is forced to break the law to survive.(T/F)

Father is beaten in prison. (T/F)


<>Resources are designed for struggling learners. Perfect modified or alternative resource for special education or below-level learners. Not all high order questions. Reflective/no wrong answer inquiries encourage independent thinking & discussion. Roughly 6-7th grade level.

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Total Pages
38 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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