This is a custom-made, ready-to-use, 46-page packet designed for teachers to use with students in grades 3-6 as they read THE JACKET, by Andrew Clements. Included is an 21 page student booklet that divides the text into six reading assignments with questions and tasks that support CCSS to go with each one. Provided also are an answer key, a listing of common core standards supported , and an optional vocabulary bookmark for students to use while reading the book and using the student booklet.
The book is ideal for reluctant or struggling readers as the theme (prejudice) is challenging but the reading level is not and the book itself is very short. Questions and tasks in the student booklet cover and reinforce the skills that good readers and writers need. These include: comprehension, inferring, recognizing character traits, point of view, compare/contrast, setting, recognizing similes, and determining author’s purpose. The packet also gives students practice in writing to explain their thinking and to demonstrate their understanding. The booklet is designed for independent work so that students can work on this in class while the teacher is meeting with another group.
The novel studies I create are intended to make the student's reading experience richer and the teacher's life easier. They are intended to be copied (either duplexed or single sided) and stapled along the side to make a workbook and then put to use that very same day! I design them to support the text and to support Common Core Standards. They can be given to a parent or aide to direct a book club or literature circle or discussion group. They can be used as class work or as homework. They can be used to assess student understanding. I hope you will find them as helpful and all-encompassing as I have!
THE JACKET in a nutshell:
Another popular story by best-selling author, Andrew Clements! Phil is a sixth grader who worries about just about everything. But it is when he has an unexpected confrontation with a 4th grader at school who happens to be black that he begins to worry and wonder if he’s prejudiced.
Appropriate for students in grades 3-6. Reading level is approximately 4th grade.