Where the Red Fern Grows Novel Unit with distance learning option

Grade Levels
6th - 8th, Homeschool
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109 pages
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This Where the Red Fern Grows resource by Wilson Rawls is a common core aligned low prep novel unit that explores multiple aspects of the classic story of a boy and his dogs. It is an autobiographical fiction novel that tackles themes like coming of age, loyalty, and a dog's love.

There are many reading activity pages from which to choose in this resource.

Product Includes:

CCSS 6th grade

Sample Pacing Chart to Organize and Plan Daily Activities


Reading Comprehension Questions

Character Chart

Ozark Setting

Author's Writing Style and Figurative Language (mainly similes)

Descriptive Writing Activity

Consider Billy's Emotions


Theme and Track-a-Theme Activity

5-Paragraph essay analyzing one theme (optional)

Symbols in Literature Drawing Activity

Identify 3 Types of Conflict

Parts of a Story (Plot Map)

End of Book Test

Book v. Movie Comparison (optional)

**Teacher notes, sample, or answer keys provided for all handouts except the vocabulary lists**

**Page count includes Google Drive slides**

Product is a zipped folder with 2 secured PDF files and is not editable. The first PDF contains teacher directions, student activity pages, the Google Slides link, and all answer keys and samples. The second PDF is the student pages only, so it is easier to print a student packet of materials.

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Literature Unit, Novel Study, Reading Groups, Book Study

Total Pages
109 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.


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