This is a close reading guide to the book The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo. It is a beautiful book in which Peter Deuchene searches for his long-lost sister with the help of those who are engaged in their own searches. I love this story, and my students, both boys and girls loved this story and enjoyed all of the discussion that were started with the questions in this packet. Most of all, your students will fall in love with the sweet, gentle elephant, who is desperate to just go home.
As close reading is such an important part of the Common Core, students need to be taught to be analytic as they read texts. This unit includes close reading sections, chapter-by-chapter vocabulary, a chapter-by-chapter summary, and discussion questions (for each chapter), character studies, interactive notebook pages, and connection pages. I have used this unit with gifted grade three as well as grade four, grade five, and grade six. It includes everything you need!
Don't forget to check out my other Kate DiCamillo close reading novel studies:
The Tiger Rising
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Please feel free to ask any questions.
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