- Island of the Blue Dolphins
- By the Great Horn Spoon
In previous years we also have read From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Each time the students read a novel I have to make sure to vary my teaching materials/assessment to avoid redundancy and boredom. I decided to create this novel study for use with ANY NOVEL to keep students focused on the text. This was especially important towards the end of the year when I let students work collaboratively in book clubs. I divided the novels we were reading into sections, and had them complete a booklet per section.
My students seem to enjoy booklets/trifolds/foldables more than just regular worksheets or even worse, lined paper. The booklet is based on the 4th grade CCSS, but would easily work for 3-6. In addition to focusing on the CCSS, I ask a lot of higher order thinking questions perfect for differentiating the instruction to meet the needs of all learners.
There are different versions included, with some editable text options. I added an editable page where you can write in your text specific questions. Also, even better, I included a RUBRIC.