The Mouse and the Motorcycle is a wonderful story that the kids enjoyed. It has enough rigor to meet the needs of more advanced readers, but is relatable enough for less advanced readers to tackle and understand with support.
I put this question packet together to guide the comprehension of the text, trying to incorporate the kinds of open ended Common Core questions that would require text-based support/justification. In addition, we were reinforcing the ability to identify unknown words and use context clues to determine the meaning. We did this unit just before getting ready for the EOGs, and so I designed many of the questions to include that kind of language, and some different types of main idea/details and sequencing graphic organizers.
The students began each chapter by placing a Stop & Think mark (just a little sticky flag) on a particular page number. This helped to reinforce closer reading, and stopping to monitor for understanding. The Stop & Think marks are a spin off from the Hot Spot cards idea explained by Lesson Plan SOS in her Guided Reading Activities with Pizazz!! product.
I will also post the grading sheet I used, which includes a way to grade for using complete sentences, if you want. I grouped certain chapters together, but you can edit this document to suit your needs.