This is a lit log for The Vanderbeekers of 121st Street, a great, contemporary narrative by Karina Yan Glaser about a large biracial family who might lose their brownstone home in Harlem. Family and community/neighborhood are the key themes.
The main focus skills of the lit log are: use text to explain/draw inferences; describe characters, setting, events; and use text to determine meaning of words/phrases. Other focus skills are: describe/compare/contrast point of view and make connections between text and illustrations.
This lit log may be used as both a guide for a read aloud for younger students or for direct reading instruction (guided reading, close reading, novel study, literature circle).
Reading Level of Text: 4th/5th grade
Interest Level of Text: 2nd-6th grade