This novel is already divided into three parts by the author. However, the first part is quite long. Therefore, I separate this novel into 4 sections in my classroom. We complete one section per week. In this resource, each section of chapters (e.g. chapters 1 - 3) have resources that go along with them, including chapter summaries, vocabulary words, a quiz with an answer key, and a discussion activity.
Detailed chapter summaries are included as a quick-reference for teachers. This way, you don’t have to reread every chapter fully as you go each year.
VOCABULARY WORD LIST
This novel is packed with fantastic vocabulary words. For each chapter of the novel, you will find a list of great words along with the page numbers where you will find them. So, all the hard work has been completed for you! You might decide to pick and choose which words fit best for your students, and have your students learn them prior to reading the book or during the reading of the book.
You’ll also find a vocabulary bookmark for the kids to use while they’re reading. Students love having the definitions of challenging words right there in front of them. Looking words up while reading is time consuming, and it takes away from their focus on the plot of the story. These bookmarks can be copied and passed out to students every week. I’ve included color copies as well as black and white copies of these bookmarks. They’re super simple to assemble!
READING QUIZZES w/ ANSWER KEYS
For each of the four parts of the novel, you will find a quiz that assesses a student’s understanding of basic plot elements in chapters read that week. It is the perfect way to determine whether or not a student completed the assigned reading. (Critical thinking and analysis questions are kept for discussion questions.) I’ve included an answer key with page numbers for every quiz. NOTE: Remember, I highly encourage you to use these materials in any way that works best for you. Who says this needs to be a quiz? You can always use these multiple-choice/short answer questions as a group activity or a homework assignment!
For each of the four parts of this novel, I’ve created discussion questions that are designed to get students to think critically about what they’ve just read. I suggest completing discussion questions AFTER students take the reading quiz for each part. These questions can be used in several ways:
1 - Print the discussion questions and use them to facilitate a whole-class novel discussion.
2 - Print the discussion questions and tape them in different places around your classroom. Give each student a clipboard, a pencil, and a copy of the “Discussion Responses” form. Instruct students that they must go around the room to answer every question. I let them compete the questions in any order. (You can have them do this quietly and independently or in small groups to encourage collaboration and small group discussions.) I do let students use their novels to help them.
3 - Print a set of questions for each student to take home and review. Tell them they must be prepared to discuss these questions at tomorrow’s “Book Chat.” Host a “Book Chat” (whole-group) discussion the next day, encouraging each child to add to the discussion at least three times.