This 31 page, ready-to-use packet is designed to use with students in grades 4-6 as they read Tuck Everlasting. It includes a 20 page student workbook and an answer key. I designed the student booklets to fill three main functions. First, they provide a guide for students as they read, helping them focus on important issues in the text as well as reinforcing essential reading and writing skills for students. Next, my intent was to provide clear guidance to teachers, parents, and/or aides as they conduct discussion groups with students reading the text; the teacher can provide the parent or aide with a student booklet and that will show what the students are expected to have read and what concepts and information to focus on as they discuss and review. Finally, the student booklets help to better assess student comprehension and determine weaknesses/strengths for each student.
The workbook is divided into six reading assignments with questions and tasks to go with each one. Skills practiced include clarifying, connecting to the text, vocabulary, comprehension checks, identifying character traits, explaining reasoning, comparing/contrasting, and summarizing. There are several culminating activities at the end of the booklet. These can be used for in-depth assessment or simply extension of skill work. The booklet is intended for independent work so that students may be working on this in class while the teacher is meeting with another group. In my 4th and 5th grade classrooms, students were responsible for completing one reading assignment (about 20 pages) with the accompanying questions each week. They would be given three, 40 minute periods per week to complete one assignment. They would then meet once a week with me (or an aide or a parent), along with the other students reading the same book to discuss the book and review the assignments.
To create student workbooks, just copy and give three staples on the left side. I have included two different covers that you can choose from: one is black and white and the other appears in color. The workbook itself is entirely in black and white to respect the tightness of most school budgets.
Tuck Everlasting in a nutshell:
A delightful fantasy in which the Tuck family discovers magical waters that provide everlasting life, this book will appeal to students of a variety of ages and skills. After all, who wouldn’t want to live forever? This is a question that isn’t as simple as one might initially think and will promote thought and discussion. After reading this fantasy, students will likely find themselves pondering immortality and other concepts, such as right and wrong, for the first time. The book generates questions that are ideal for stimulating student discussion.
This novel is an ALA Notable Book and was included on the Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List. It has received numerous awards since its publication including the Janusz Korczak Medal and the 1976 Christopher Award for best book for young people. It was included in Anita Silvey's 2005 book, The 100 Best Books For Children. Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named it one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children." It was one of the "Top 100 Chapter Books" of all time in a 2004 poll by School Library Journal. It was made into a major motion picture by Walt Disney Pictures.* Appropriate for students in grades 4+. Reading level is approximately 5th grade.
*Note to Teachers:
After reading the book, I would recommend that you give your students an opportunity to view the popular Walt Disney movie that was made in 2002 which also bears the title, Tuck Everlasting. (If you cannot get hold of that movie, there was an earlier movie produced by Frederick King Keller in 1981 which you could use.) Viewing a movie would provide students with the opportunity to compare/contrast the book with the movie, noting what is the same and what is different. It would also provide support for these Common Core State Standards: RL 4.7, RL 5.7, RL 6.7, and RL 7.7.
The last pages in the student booklet (Culminating Activity #4) are designed for students to compare/contrast the movie and the book. You may want to remove that section from the packet or use it as extra credit if you do not intend to make the movie available for students to see.
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