This is a Common Core aligned close reading guide to the book The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata. It is a beautiful book in which spunky, kind, 12-year-old Summer does everything she can to help her family to overcome a year of bad luck.
As close reading is such an important part of the Common Core, students need to be taught to be analytic as they read texts. This unit includes close reading sections, chapter-by-chapter vocabulary, a chapter-by-chapter summary, and discussion questions (for each chapter). I have used this unit with gifted grade three all the way through grade 7. I have used this unit in special education as well as regular education classrooms, and it has been successful across the board. It includes everything you need!