This is a close reading guide to the book The Mighty Miss Malone. In Christopher Paul Curtis' beautiful story of Deza Malone and the perseverance she shows in her plight to keep her family together, Deza is growing up in the time of the Great Depression. When her father leaves to find work, she must use her strength and resourcefulness to locate him while simultaneously keeping the remains of her family together.
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), as well as "essential questions" that can serve as long-term class discussion starters. I have used this unit with gifted grade four all the way through grade eight. I have used this unit in special education as well as regular education classrooms, and it has been successful across the board. It includes everything you need! (RL.4-RL.8 as well as W.4-8 covered in this novel study)