Woodsong Novel Study Unit for Grades 4-8 Common Core Aligned

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Woodsong is a memoir written by Gary Paulsen. It is a collection of stories about his journey that led him to the Iditarod, the 1100-mile dogsled race in Alaska. This high-interest, shorter chapter text takes readers from Paulsen acquiring his dogs, to becoming more aware of all of the things in nature that he admittedly knew nothing about until he spent countless hours running thousands of miles with the dogs. This memoir of his stories will have your students not wanting to put the book down.

This 45-page Woodsong PRINT and GO unit includes:
• 14-pages of reader response questions
• 8-pages of context clue word work
• 2-pages of character analysis
• figurative language work
• setting analysis work
• 3-post-reading journal prompts
• an explanation and notes for understanding a memoir
• summary work to better name chapter titles

Read Woodsong as a whole class novel, in small groups, or allow students to work in partners or independently.

Novel not included but for your information:
Interest Level
Grades 4 - 8

Reading Level
Grade level Equivalent: 7.2
Lexile Measure®: 1090L
DRA: 50
Guided Reading: T
Type of Book: Chapter Book


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Total Pages
45 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.


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