The Great Gilly Hopkins Close-reading Guide and Chapter Summaries—Grades 5 and 6

The Great Gilly Hopkins Close-reading Guide and Chapter Summaries—Grades 5 and 6
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Katherine Paterson’s The Great Gilly Hopkins has endured, and now that there is a full-length movie adaptation, students will be even more interested in reading this wonderful novel. Teachers love it, too, because it has a strong character versus character conflict, loads of figurative language and sound devices, and strong characters, which is great for characterization lessons. In this packet, I have written 143 close-reading questions to guide students through the novel. These were designed as an after-reading strategy to encourage students to skim and scan for important details and have a discussion about this wonderful piece of literature. I find that giving readers a guide helps generate discussion. Although it would be a rare teacher who would ask students to write answers to ALL these questions, having them answer one or two here and there is a quick way to assess their comprehension and writing skills.

After the questions, I have included chapter summaries complete with analysis. The summary is both an aid to teachers and to students. It can be posted on a teacher’s web page or shared whole group in the classroom as a review to be sure all students understand the significance of the events in the chapters. I find the summaries particularly helpful for absent students.

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26 pages
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1 month
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