Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald is a mystery novel that is fast paced and full of suspense. The novel revolves around Theo, an intelligent young girl whose grandfather has just passed away. She discovers a letter from her grandfather telling her that he has left her something "under the egg". Theo discovers a hidden painting that may or may not be priceless and may or may not be stolen. She goes on an adventure to find out the truth about the painting and along the way makes new friends and discovers the truth about her grandfather.
This novel delves into the trials and horrors of WWII and the Holocaust as well as giving students a look at the world of art.
I use this novel as 1 of 6 novels in a small group reading unit. This unit includes daily reading, activities, and vocabulary work. A multiple choice test with key, and a short answer test with key. There is also an end of unit project based around the historical references in the novel with a grading rubric.
The daily work can be used as an all in folder as I use it or individual activities can be given to the whole class for group instruction.
The daily activities include figurative language, conflict, characterization, plot, summarizing skills, analysis skills, and much more.
Students enjoy this story's mystery and quick moving plot as well as the relatable characters and the historical references.