The Million Dollar Putt by Dan Gutman is a great realistic fiction novel that depicts a 13-year old character who has a disability (the character is blind). The author develops the character in a way that makes it easy for students to see he behaves just like any other school aged kid.
This Million Dollar Putt novel study works well for 5th to 7th grade students with reading levels that are below grade level. The book has a 4.5 grade level equivalent and an S guided reading level.
It tackles pre-teen issues like being afraid to take risks, handling bullies, and students with differences in a humorous way at a reading level that is easy to follow.
The unit includes many graphic organizers and reading comprehension questions for each chapter. There are also activity pages that require students to consider people with disabilities and compare these differences to their own lives.
CCSS (5th grade)
Reading Comprehension Questions
Identifying Humor and Jokes
Setting with Mini Research Assignment about Hawai'i
Problems and Solutions Chart
Considering Differences Text to Self Activity
Analyzing and Paraphrasing Song Lyrics
Golf Brochure Writing Activity with Rubric
**Teacher notes, answer keys, and student samples included**
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