This 23 page plan for the historical fiction novel, "The Year of the Hangman" by Gary Blackwood, contains everything you need to begin your guided reading group or novel study. Students will first think about two debate questions about war. The plan includes concise summaries of student readings, vocabulary practice, suggestions for group discussions, and techniques to foster student thinking about their reading. You will also find these additional resources: Characterization Chart, Vocabulary Strategies Chart, Story Map, historical maps, "Let's Debate" worksheet, three different Bookmarks, and Story Plot Map. The plan's emphasizes the development of students' thinking and reading skills.