The Watsons go to Birmingham - Novel Study

Teacher Julia
Grade Levels
4th - 6th
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81 pages
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The Watsons go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

Included in these 75+ Pages:

Comprehension Questions for Each Chapter to use after the reading is completed. Answer Keys included. This can be used as an assessment of understanding of the text.

Literature Circle Activity Sheets for Each Chapter for students to utilize during their reading of The Watsons go to Birmingham. This allows students to think about the text on a deeper level as well as prepare them for the discussion the next day in class. Each note page is made specifically for each chapter and directly relates to what happens in the story and forces students to think beyond the text. The strategies it addresses are:

Connections to the Characters

Character Traits

Comparing Characters

Text Inferencing

Figurative Language



Point of View




Author's Purpose

Essential Questions for group discussions.

Literature Circle Preparation Sheets for students to prepare to discuss the book with their group and complete while they read. This is a great way to keep Literature Circles focused and on task. It also supports comprehension.


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Total Pages
81 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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