This is a ready-to-use, 28 page packet of materials for use with students in grades 5-7 who are reading The River, by Gary Paulsen. Included is a 12 page student booklet along with an answer key. In addition, a 20 point, end-of-book test and answer key is provided. The student booklet divides the text into four reading assignments and provides questions and tasks to go with each one. Booklets are designed to be used independently so that students may be working while the teacher is meeting with other groups.
The questions and tasks in this booklet cover and reinforce the knowledge and skills that good readers need to maintain. They include vocabulary, comprehension, visualization, point-of-view, foreshadowing, similes, plot, use of stand-alone words, and inference. The packet gives students needed practice in writing to explain their thinking and to demonstrate their understanding.
In my classroom students were responsible for completing one reading assignment with the accompanying questions each week. They would be given a 40 minute period three days a week to complete one week's assignment. They would then meet with me, or a parent, along with the other students reading the same book to discuss the book and review their assignments. Customize the use of this packet as you wish. What worked for my situation may not be what works best for you. For example, instead of using this as class work, the packet could be used as homework. Or, you might like to have students complete more than one assignment a week.
The River in a nutshell:
This book is a sequel to Paulsen's Newbery Honor book, Hatchet. Brian has been asked to demonstrate the survival skills that saved his life two years ago in the Canadian wilderness. But, this time he won't be alone; a government psychologist will come along to take notes in order to teach survival skills that might be needed for government missions. It seemed like this would be a "piece of cake" until a freak lightning strike changed everything. Full of suspense and adventure, Hatchet-lovers will once again be on the edge of their seats.
NOTE: I also have novel studies for other Paulsen books about Brian's adventures: Brian's Winter
and Brian's Return
Appropriate for students in grades 5-7. Reading level approximately 6th grade.
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