The True Gift Read Aloud Companion for Distance Learning

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Fifth in the Forest
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3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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This read aloud companion goes along with Patricia MacLachlan's The True Gift. Enhance your students' comprehension of the novel by asking relevant questions and allowing them to respond in their journals. **PS--Check out my True Gift Assessment here!**

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This is updated for the 2022 holidays! Please re-download to see the new version.

This product series was developed out of my need to make read alouds more meaningful. How often do we rush through reading and run out of time to foster higher-level thinking and comprehension? This product will fix that problem!

How does this work?

I’ve created bookmarks full of discussion questions for each chapter of the novel. Simply print the bookmarks on cardstock. In the top left corner, punch a hole in each bookmark and secure together with a ring. Leave this in the novel as you read and refer to it as needed. Alternately, you can print a copy of the bookmark for each student. They can use it with their personal copy of the novel and use the questions as journal prompts!

As students listen, they can also answer the discussion questions in their journal! For each chapter, I’ve provided 2 questions.

  • The Jump-Start Question is intended to be read BEFORE you start reading the chapter. These questions allows students to recall events from the previous chapter, make predictions, and build on previous knowledge.
  • The Sign-Off Question is to facilitate discussion AFTER reading the chapter. These questions allow students to analyze characters, summarize, sequence events, etc.


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This product is part of my 3rd Grade Read Aloud BUNDLE! Check out this money saving option as well as the other included titles!



The One and Only Ivan

The True Gift

Mr. Popper's Penguins


Ramona Quimby, Age 8

Charlotte’s Web


Because of Winn Dixie

I also have MANY other read aloud options!

**Read Aloud Through the Year 4th Grade Bundle**

**Read Aloud Through the Year 5th Grade Bundle**

Total Pages
21 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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, and 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.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.


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