This packet is everything you need for a novel study on The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl. This could be used for literature circles, guided reading, and more. This is a fun, short read at a 3rd grade reading level (Guided Reading Level N).
This guide has two parts: a student response packet and teacher’s guide. Pages are grouped together so that each of the 3 reading assignments is roughly 18 pages. Reading assignments end on a page with a natural transition (i.e. the end of the day). For the reading assignments that contain less pages, students have more questions to respond to.
This literature packet does not focus on within text comprehension questions (i.e. listing the names of the characters, setting, etc.). Rather, it focuses on skills that require the students to go beyond the text and use evidence from the text to support their inferences. Often times there is more than one correct response. Some of the skills that are focused on are
*Using context to determine word meaning
*Identifying character traits and supporting these traits with examples from the text
*Using context to describe the meaning of figurative language
*Characters’ (or the authors’) motivations
*Determining the theme and supporting it with evidence
The teacher’s guide contains several features:
*For each question: possible answer choices or examples from the book that students may use to support their response
*Summaries of each reading section that highlight the main events
*3rd Grade Common Core State Standards (CCSS) correlations for each question (other grade levels are applicable as well, however, since The Magic Finger is primarily at this level, these were the standards that were focused on)
The Common Core Standards addressed are
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.2 Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.4a Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.5a Distinguish the literal and nonliteral meanings of words and phrases in context (e.g., take steps).
4th Grade Standard that is addressed when students are asked to make justifiable predictions:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.