The Secret Garden (F. H. Burnett) Independent Reading/Small Group Packet

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What can you do for the primary student who is a high reader and often bored and wanting to work independently? What can you do for the intermediate student who struggles with age appropriate text, keeping him or her from getting the much-needed practice in answering Common Core aligned questions?
You give him/her the chance to explore a kid’s version of a literature classic and allow themselves to pace their own learning with a HAVE BOOK, WILL TRAVEL™ independent study/small group packet. Reading can transport a reader anywhere and anytime in the world. By introducing young students to the classics and providing them with this unique packet, you will be giving your students the chance to explore practical ways to get beneath the surface of a story and learn about subtext, intentional vocabulary, identifying important comprehensive material, and practicing the skills to write solid retellings and summaries, while your students become familiar with classics they will learn more in-depth later in their education careers. HAVE BOOK, WILL TRAVEL™ packets are sure to prepare the primary high reader and the struggling intermediate reader equally as they are presented with the types of questions found on the Smarter Balanced Tests.
This HAVE BOOK, WILL TRAVEL™ packet uses Sterling’s “Classic Starts” version of The Secret Garden. You can easily find this series in any book chain or on-line. Classic Starts’ The Secret Garden adaption is by Martha Hailey; its ISBN number is: 1-4027-1319-3 (hardbound, currently listed at $6.95).
This Have Book, Will Travel™ packet includes the following resources:
--13 worksheets (one for each chapter or two chapters) with each one focusing upon one of the following areas of study: comprehension (5 worksheets); vocabulary (4 worksheets); re-telling (3 worksheets) and 1 at-home art/research project.
--Included with each question is the CCSS standard(s) that is being covered.
--A list of CCSS standards covered in this packet.
--13 answer keys for the aforementioned worksheets...with extensive answers printed in red and detailed completely so that a teacher needn’t read the text to quiz a student or determine a student’s understanding of what was read.
--2 easy-to-use conference sheets (with notes) to be used in the course of a student reading the junior version of The Secret Garden.
--1 sheet for an Art-At-Home art project to be used by you for directions.
Also available: Independent Study/Small Group Packets for: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Read Aloud Packet), A Little Princess, Anne of Green Gables, and The Wizard of Oz!
Common Core Standards covered in this packet includes:
CCSS.ELA Language L.3.2.g Consult reference materials, including beginning dictionaries, as needed to check and correct spellings.
CCRA.L.1Conventions of Standard English: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
CCRA.L.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
CCRA.L.3 Knowledge of Language: Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
CCRA.L.4 Vocabulary Acquisition and Use: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.

CCRA.L.5 Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
CCRA.L.6 Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.

Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.

Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.

Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.

Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series)

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.

Explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.

Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.

Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

Create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual displays when appropriate to emphasize or enhance certain facts or details.

Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.

Provide reasons that support the opinion.

Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

Use temporal words and phrases to signal event order.

Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

*PLEASE NOTE: This packet contains specific worksheets that you can use only with Sterling’s Classic Starts™ The Secret Garden, (ISBN No. 1-4027-1319-3).
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