This is a lit log for The Only Road, a realistic fiction by Alexandra Diaz, about a boy and his cousin who flee their Guatemalan village to live with a brother in the United States. Even though this story is fictional, it is like the millions of real immigrants whose "only road" is to travel illegally into the United States. Themes are: immigration, undocumented immigrates, gangs and violence, bravery and fear, family and friendship.
This lit log could be used as a guide for direct reading instruction (novel study, literature circle, guided reading) or for a unit/class on current events/politics.
The key focus skills of the lit log are: cite textual evidence; describe/analyze plot and characters; and explain/analyze points of view of characters/narrator. Other focus skills are: determine theme/central idea/summarize and use text to determine meaning of words/phrases.
Suggested interest level: 5th grade-adult
Reading level: 5th-6th grade
Teaching Duration: 1-2 months