Turtles All the Way Down by John Green⚡
John Green's new novel, Turtles All the Way Down, directly and authentically addresses the issue of mental illness in a way that both illuminates and educates. Every high school student should read this powerful, painful, and important story about friendship, loss, and resilience.
This comprehensive unit bundle includes 151 pages and 4-6 weeks of scaffolded and student-tested activities and materials.
Each bundle component now has a Common Core guide.
✅ Comprehensive Instructional Guide
The instructional guide provides essential questions, overarching skills, overarching themes, and assured experiences along with a possible lesson sequence that includes timing and implementation tips.
✔ Allusions, References, and Nonfiction Connections
This packet provides a detailed description of 48 nonfiction references from throughout the novel. Each reference offers context and depth to the text and cultivates connections between the characters and historical figures, items, locations, and events.
✔ Analytical Notes Strategy
Analytical Notes can help your students take better notes by providing a simple system for recording notes. Additionally, they help students “think” about what they have read.
✔ Annotation Organizer: Active Reading Strategy
The Annotation Organizer: Active Reading Strategy supports close and active reading. Students use questions to guide the annotation process.
✔ Body Biography: Creative Summative Assessment
The Body Biography is powerful project that guides students through creating a visual and written portrait illustrating several aspects of a character's life within a literary work.
✔ Character Analysis Organizer
The Character Analysis Organizer is a specialized graphic organizer that guides students to identify direct evidence from the text related to characterization, symbolism, and conflict for each main character in Turtles All the Way Down.
✔ Quick Picture Strategy for Poetry (using 3 poems and 1 song from the novel)
The Quick Picture Strategy is a powerful method for stimulating recall and promoting critical thinking. After reading and annotating related poetry and music, students generate quick images of ideas supporting a teacher-generated “area of focus.” The images the students produce help them make and reinforce connections with the text.
✔ Bonus Poem for Comparative Analysis
The poem "O Me! O Life!" by Walt Whitman, from our Poetry Power: 30 Classic Poems bundle, is included in this bundle to serve as a comparative analysis for the novel and a model for implementing our Quick Picture Analysis Strategy.
✔ Keyword Strategy with Nonfiction Connections
The Keyword Strategy is a simple step-by-step annotation method to help students maximize their reading comprehension and proficiency.
✔ Nonfiction Articles and Video
These articles and video, related by novel topics, allow students to connect events from the novel with related nonfiction topics and commentary from the author. The articles are embedded in our Side-by-Side Annotation Organizer, and use the Keyword Strategy for increased comprehension.
✔ Readers' Theater
This strategy stimulates engagement and interest in a text, while providing ample opportunity for students to practice their oral reading, to develop their fluency, and to encourage close, analytical reading of the text within a whole group.
✔ Vocabulary Study
Student worksheet containing thirty-four vocabulary words from the novel. Each word includes a direct quote from the novel with citation. Students use context to determine word meaning and generate their own illustrative sentences using the vocabulary words. (Good practice for the New SAT.)
✔ BONUS Comparative Short Stories
Two FREE short stories from our Short Story Collection to use for comparative analysis.
“A Telephone Call” by Dorothy Parker - Demonstrates the importance of true communication
“A Perfect Day for Bananfish" by J.D. Salinger - shows the destructive power of obsession
Turtles All the Way Down materials are Common Core Aligned.