In this 37 page guided reading plan you will find everything you need to improve reading comprehension using the historical fiction novel, "The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963". This unit can be used with your entire class or a small reading group. It contains clear teaching directions, student worksheets (story map, think about reading notes, comprehension checks, characterization chart), answer key, chapter summaries and background information. Some Common Core skills that are addressed are: formulating concise summaries, identifying theme, supporting answers with text evidence, noting theme and understanding vocabulary in context. It also includes a strategy to tap background knowledge and to build background historical knowledge before reading. You'll & your students will enjoy this hilarious novel that introduces a very serious subject.