Wringer by Jerry Spinelli CCSS Novel Study Unit for Grades 4-8

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4th - 7th, Homeschool, Staff
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Wringer by Jerru Spinelli is the perfect novel for your grades 4-8 readers. Grab this NO PREP-Print and Go Novel Unit with ANSWER KEY!

This 33-page Wringer Novel Unit includes:
• Chapter Pacing Guide
• Character Analysis Chart
• 15 pages of Chapter by Chapter Reader Response Questions
• Story Map
• an End of Novel Project
• 3-Wringer Journal Prompts ready to be copied, cut, and added to writer's notebooks
• Reading Literature and Writing Common Core Standards List covered by the unit

Wringer by Jerry Spinelli is the perfect middle grades novel for so many reasons. Wringer is about a boy named Palmer LaRue who lives in the town of Waymer. Waymer is known for its Family Fest, which is held every year in August, four weeks after Palmer's birthday. Family Fest has an event called Pigeon Day, which is the culmination of the week. During Pigeon Day, sharpshooters pay a fee to shoot as many pigeons as they can. Many pigeons are killed on the spot, but some fall to the ground in need of being "put out of their misery." That is where "wringer boys" come in-to wring the necks of downed pigeons. At the age of ten, boys can become wringers. The story follows Palmer and his struggle with the idea becoming a wringer, and an unusual friend that changes his mind forever.

This novel deals with the issue of peer pressure and the importance of standing up for what one believes in. Other themes include: friendship, animal rights, courage and bravery, and heroism. Your students will not want to put this novel down.

Wringer CCSS Novel Unit for the middle grades is the perfect component to go along with this novel. Whether you chose to do a whole class unit, small groups, or independent novel study, this is the product for you.

Novel not included in packet.
Wringer Novel Info:
Interest Level
Grades 5 - 8
Reading Level
Grade level Equivalent: 5.5
Lexile Measure®: 690L
Guided Reading: U
Type of Book: Chapter Book
Genre: Realistic Fiction

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For End of Novel Projects...

• End of Novel Projects for ANY NOVEL

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Happy Reading!
Total Pages
33 pages
Answer Key
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.
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.
Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.


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