This 19- page novel study unit is a complete teaching tool with lesson suggestions, discussion questions, activities, and multiple choice tests. It was originally used by Academically Gifted fifth grade students; but has also been used in a regular grade 5 classroom. The study unit is recommended for grades 5, 6, and homeschoolers; and is excellent to accompany a unit on the Revolutionary War.
What makes this novel study unique, is that chapters with dialogue (conversation amongst characters) are read as a play, or Readers' Theater; to add voice to the story and emotional connection of the students to the characters. The targeted skills/strategies align with the common core standards for fiction and informational text, specifically: Context Clues for comprehension, Main Idea/Topics and Supporting Details (outlining format), Character Traits, Figures of Speech, Author's Purpose and Author's Craft (foreshadowing and flashback), Grammar/Punctuation (dash, italics, periods of ellipses), Metacognition (Visualizing, Connecting, Questioning, and Predicting), Drawing Conclusions/Inference, Mood/Tone, Note-taking/Outlining and Graphic Organizers. It therefore integrates Reading/Language Arts, Social Studies, Drama, and Art.
WOODS RUNNER by Gary Paulsen, masterfully combines a historical fiction novel with sections of non-fiction informational text; making this an ideal novel study for the application, and practice of skills and strategies for both genres. The ACTIVITIES are on-going and kept by each student in a portfolio/folder for presentation at the completion of the book. While students work on portfolio activities, teachers are able to monitor other students and groups. The ACTIVITIES also work well as interactive group bulletin board displays or project boards for homeschoolers.
The TESTS are to be used as instructional tools for the assessment of mastery of targeted skills/strategies and the practice of testing strategies. An answer key is provided; but tests answers should be reviewed in class to reinforce correct practices.
This novel study unit also contains an INTRODUCTION to explain its use and a PORTFOLIO CONTENTS sheet to organize student activities. This study unit and others can be found in Jan Z's Study Units on the TpT website.
WOODS RUNNER by Gary Paulsen Novel Study Unit
by Janice Zmuda
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