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Creating Suspense Lesson 1: Analyzing Literary Devices in Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death"

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Rather than a whodunit, "The Masque of the Red Death" is the perfect story to analyze how Poe combines literary devices to create the suspense that grips readers. The richly detailed lesson plan is carefully scaffolded, moving from...
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A Reading Guide to A Wrinkle in Time

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Accompany a reading of Madeleine L'Engle's classic tale, A Wrinkle in Time, with a detailed guide equipped with 15 informative and useful chapters. Scholars discover who the author is, why she wrote the book, and crucial story elements...
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Native American Literature

For Students 4th - 6th Standards
Celebrate and honor Native American culture with this set of graphic organizers that showcases literature like The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses and A Boy Called Slow as well as three other Native American literature books. Learners compare...
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Literary Analysis Worksheet

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Have you ever read something without really reading it? Scholars often read words while not paying full attention to the text. Completing a literary analysis sheet encourages reader involvement in stories. They do so by determining the...
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Wolf Hollow: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Annabelle, a young character in Wolf Hollow, discovers one bully can ruin everything when Betty walkes into her classroom. Betty bullies others and targets a war veteran. Individuals read how one person changed Annabelle's life. They...
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond: Novel Study

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Is it true that people are guilty by association? Kit, in The Witch of Blackbird Pond, finds that might be true. When exposed for her friendship with a lady accused of witchcraft, she too is accused of being a witch. Scholars use the...
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Where The Mountain Meets The Moon: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Does good fortune lie within the man in the moon? Minli, a young girl in Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, sure hopes it does, so she sets out to find the Old Man of the Moon for answers. Along the way, Minli meets several magical...
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What Katy Did: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
What doesn't break you makes you stronger. Katy, in What Katy Did, learns this lesson the hard way. After a terrible accident and a long recovery, Katy becomes what she always wanted to be—good and kind. Scholars learn about Katy's...
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The Westing Game: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
A legacy lives on. Even though Samuel Will Westing, a character in the The Westing Game, has passed away, his love for games lives on through the unusual selection in his will. Scholars read of the mystery, learn 10 new vocabulary words,...
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The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
A painting is worth a thousand words—in a different world! Lucy and Edmund sail away into Narnia using a picture of a ship at sea. The story tells of their adventures and the islands they visit. Scholars work through activities about the...
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The Trumpet of The Swan: Novel Study

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
What lengths will one go to for love? Louis, a swan in The Trumpet of The Swan, struggles to gain the attentions of a girl because he cannot trumpet. Thankfully, his father creates a plan that may work. Scholars discover Louis's attempts...
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The Year of Billy Miller: Novel Study

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Can you really knock the sense into someone? It seems that the bump on Billy's head changed his perspective on things in The Year of Billy Miller. Readers discover that after his injury, Billy appreciates his parents more and is nicer to...
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The Yearling: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Ever known the feeling of being stuck between a rock and a hard place? Jody, a character in The Yearling, knows this feeling all too well. Nature forces Jody to choose between his beloved pet and his family's food supply. Readers...
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A Wrinkle In Time: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Fathers and daughters often create a bond of great strength. Is Meg's bond strong enough to save her father? A Wrinkle In Time follows Meg and her friends as they find themselves in a supernatural world; Meg just hopes she finds her...
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Wringer: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Some traditions should be broken—or at least Palmer thinks so. Palmer, a character in Wringer, dreads the tradition that goes along with turning 10 so much that he even dreads his birthday. Scholars learn how Palmer solves his troubles...
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Woodsong: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
What is better than a book full of adventures and thrills? A book that's full of true adventures and thrills the author actually experienced! Gary Paulsen recounts his life stories that inspired many of his books. Readers remain hooked...
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The Wizard of Oz: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
There's no place like home. Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz wonders if she will ever make it back to Kansas after a tornado drops her in a magical land. Scholars learn about the friends she meets along the way, and they have fun of their own...
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Wonder: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Beauty is more than skin deep. Auggie, the main character in Wonder, has a facial defect, but his inner beauty shines. Taking a cue from Auggie, scholars learn how a person is more than outer appearance. To finish the resource, they...
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The Witches: Novel Study

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Are witches like lions in sheep clothing? A boy and his grandmother in The Witches thinks so. They have even discovered the secret to recognizing these evil beings that disguise themselves as sweet ladies. Scholars use the resource to...
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The Wind In The Willows: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
True friends stick together. In the case of The Wind In The Willows, the friends just happen to be a toad, mole, rat, and badger who team up to beat the weasels. The resource covers the first chapter of their raucous adventures. Scholars...
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The Whipping Boy: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Sometimes people find friendships in the most unlikely places, and The Whipping Boy is no different. Few would think that Jeremy and the Prince for whom he takes whippings could ever become friends. However, after a hostage situation...
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Where The Red Fern Grows: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Does hard work and determination really pay off? It seems that way for Billy, a character in Where The Red Fern Grows. After working for two years, he finally has enough money to buy the pups he's always wanted. Scholars read about the...
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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
What a joy to see the world through the eyes of a child. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit allows readers to see a child's perspective of fleeing Germany due to having a father the Nazis wanted. Scholars read about the adventures of the...
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The Wednesday Wars: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Teacher's pet or enemy? Holling, a character in The Wednesday Wars, feels his teacher is out to get him. However, he has to remain on his best behavior to ensure his father's business does not suffer. How will he ever survive 7th grade?...
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The Warden's Daughter: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Many have said home sweet home. However, what if home is in a prison? Cammie, a young girl in The Warden's Daughter, lives in the prison where her father works—and that is not even the toughest part of her life. Scholars read about...
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We All Fall Down: Novel Study

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day? Will, a ninth grade student in We All Fall Down, was at work with his father in the World Trade Center. Scholars read Will's story of the accounts told in first person....
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The War That Saved My Life: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Most people think of war when they think of casualities. However, Ada used war to regain her life. A ten-year-old girl in The War That Saved My Life is a prisoner in her own home. However. when her brother goes to war, she takes the...
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War Horse: Novel Study

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Some war heroes have four legs. War Horse tells of a courageous foal taken from his farm and sent into war. Joey, the foal, loves and touches the lives of many soldiers. However, his heart is still with his boy back on the farm. Scholars...
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Walk Two Moons: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Enjoy solving riddles? Perhaps Sal, a character in Walk Two Moons, is the only one capable of understanding a mysterious message left on her doorstep. On a road trip with her grandparent, Sal tries to make sense of the bizarre world...
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The Underneath: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Do you have a place that makes you feel safe and secure? Ranger, a hound in The Underneath, finds his new friend, a calico cat, and her safe place—underneath a porch. Scholars complete sentences using vocabulary from the novel as they...
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The Twits: Novel Study

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
The dictionary defines twit as a foolish person. Mr. and Mrs. Twit, in The Twits, definitely live up to their name! The foolish couple dislikes everything and enjoys playing cruel jokes on each other. Scholars read about the Twits...
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Underground To Canada: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Julilly dreams of freedom after being taken from her mother by a slave trader. Will she ever be free again? A resource focuses on the first chapter of Barbara Smucker's book Underground to Canada, and includes 10 vocabulary words,...
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Turtle In Paradise: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Turtle, an 11-year-old girl in Turtle in Paradise, travels to Florida to live with her aunt. With the Great Depression all around her, Turtle safely hides within the shell she created around herself but soon opens up after the move....
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Tuck Everlasting: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Would you want to live forever? That is a question that Winnie, in Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting, must answer. Scholars read to find out what Winnie chooses and reinforce their knowledge with vocabulary activities, comprehension...
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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
A long-awaited trip home quickly turns bad for Charlotte Doyle in The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. Scholars read of Charlotte's trials and tribulations as they complete sentences with vocabulary words, answer comprehension...
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Book Report Alternative: Rewind the Plot!

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Have you ever looked for a new way to teach an old concept? Scholars thinking about the rising action of a story in a whole new perspective. However, Book Report Alternative: Rewind the Plot! challenges readers and allows for much...
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Creating Suspense Lesson 2: Analyzing Literary Devices in "The Lottery"

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
Looking for a complete lesson plan that does not require searching for additional materials? Creating Suspense Lesson 2 offers just that. After reading Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," scholars analyze the literary devices the author...
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Runaway Ralph: Novel Study

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Maybe the grass isn't always greener on the other side. Ralph, a mouse character in Runaway Ralph, thought that summer camp had to be better than dealing with his mother, uncle, and cousins. However, camp has its troubles, too. Worksheet...
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The River: Novel Study

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
Some experiences are worth living again. At least, that is how government researchers feel about Brian's survival experience in the woods. The River is a sequel to Brian's adventures in Hatchet. Scholars read about the troubles Brian and...
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Piecing Me Together: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Jade from Renée Watson's Piecing Me Together wants to improve the world—and herself. Worksheets introduce new vocabulary, asks comprehension questions, and review personification and alliterations.
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The Penderwicks: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Have you ever tried to fix something but actually end up making it worse? This is exactly what happens to three girls in Jeanne Birdsall's The Penderwicks. Scholars read about the efforts of the girls and complete worksheet pages that...
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Shiloh: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Marty is faced with a tough choice in Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Shiloh. Scholars read to find out how Marty deals with his situation before completing worksheet activities to help readers gain a better understanding of the story....
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The Shakespeare Stealer: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Have you ever been stuck between a rock and a hard place? That is where Widge, a character of The Shakespeare Stealer, finds himself. Readers find out how Widge handles his situation by answering comprehension questions, completing...
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The Secret Garden: Novel Study

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Mary from The Secret Garden finds a key that could possibly unlock the door to a secret garden. Scholars read Frances Hodgson Burnett's class novel and match vocabulary words with definitions, answer comprehension questions, and create...
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A Series of Unfortunate Events - The Bad Beginning: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Scholars read about the unlucky events that continue to fall on the children in A Series of Unfortunate Events - The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket. A set of worksheet activities include completing sentences with vocabulary words,...
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The Search for Delicious: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Have you ever gone looking for one thing but ended up discovering something else? That is exactly what happened to Gaylen, a character in The Search for Delicious. Gaylen begins looking for a food to label as delicious, but discoveres...
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Scat: Novel Study

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
If the most terrifying teacher in the school was lost, would you try to find her? Well, when the toughest teacher in the school is lost on a field trip, Nick and Marta, characters in Scat, decide to go looking for her. Readers discover...
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Rules: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Have you ever been so focused on others, that a look in the mirror surprises you? It seems that Catherine, a character in Rules, does just that when she focuses so much on her autistic brother's behaviors that she is surprised by her own...
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Ruby Holler: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
A journey of a lifetime awaits you in Ruby Holler. Troublesome orphaned twins pair up with an older couple for a magical adventure. However, the journey must begin with the pairs staying together in Ruby Holler. Scholars soon learn of...
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Robinson Crusoe: Novel Study

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? Robinson Crusoe of course! During his years stuck on an island, Crusoe learns to survive by making a canoe, finding food, and living in solitude. Scholars read...
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Redwall: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Many dream of a place of refuge to escape from the harsh world. That is exactly what Redwall is for the creatures of the forest. Redwall is a fantasy novel that tells of the trouble that comes to a quiet and peaceful forest. Resource...
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The Red Badge of Courage: Novel Study

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
A novel study guide for Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage follows Henry through his encounter with war Activities include asking readers to complete sentences with vocabulary words, write using personification, and answer...
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The Railway Children: Novel Study

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
How can you prove your innocence? After being falsely accused and placed in prison, the father in The Railway Children is looking for the answer to the question. The children make friends with an elderly gentleman who helps them prove...
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Rascal: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Some say a dog is a man's best friend. However, in Rascal, it is not a dog that captures a boy's heart—but a raccoon. Scholars read about the boy and Rascal's adventures while they complete activities about the story. Activities include...
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Pictures of Hollis Woods: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Scholars read about Hollis, an orphan in Pictures of Hollis Woods, and complete worksheet activities. Activities include using vocabulary words to complete sentences, answering comprehension questions, and writing poetry.
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The Outsiders: Novel Study

For Teachers 7th - 10th Standards
The greasers and Socs, both gangs in S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders, came from opposite sides of the tracks, yet seemed to live in two different worlds. Scholars answer comprehension questions, create alliterations, and work with vocabulary...
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The Princess and The Goblin: Novel Study

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
The Princess and the Goblin's main character, Irene, has a special bond is with her magic great-great-great grandmother that lives in a mysterious part of the castle. Worksheets focused on George MacDonald's novel offer eight vocabulary...
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Pippi Longstocking: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Have you every known someone that marches to the beat of a different drum? That is exactly what Pippi from Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking does! Scholars complete a worksheet packet as they read about Pippi's outrageous adventures....
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The Phantom Tollbooth: Novel Study

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Milo, a character in Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth, was bored. When a tollbooth showed up in his room, he went through it simply because he has nothing else to do. Scholars read about his adventures and complete worksheets...
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Peter and The Starcatchers: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Peter and Molly, characters in Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridly Pearson, are in a different world on a faraway island fighting pirates and thieves. As scholars read about the kids' adventures, they complete sentences...
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Paperboy: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Little Man, in Vince Vawter's Paperboy, is a great baseball player, but due to stuttering he'd rather not speak to a soul. Scholars read how Little Man deals with his fears as they use vocabulary words to complete sentences, answer seven...
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Out of My Mind: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Have you ever felt trapped in your own body? That is likely how Melody in Sharon M. Draper's Out of My Mind feels. As scholars read to find out how Melody finally expresses herself, they complete sentences with new words, describe...
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One Crazy Summer: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Rita Williams-Garcia's One Crazy Summer describes three girls who go looking for their mother who ran out on them. Scholars complete a novel study guide with vocabulary exercises, character descriptions, and comprehension poems.
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The One and Only Ivan: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
A new friend, a new perspective, and a new light are all found in Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Ivan. Ivan, a gorilla, was content with his life until a baby elephant befriended him. Readers find synonyms, answer comprehension...
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Old Yeller: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Fred Gipson's Old Yeller tells of a stray yellow dog who becomes the best friend a boy could ever have. While reading the novel, learners complete sentences with new vocabulary words, answer comprehension questions, and create...
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Peter Pan: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
J.M. Barrie's classic book Peter Pan is about an adventurous boy who never gets old. Scholars read the first two chapters about Peter and three young friends. They then complete worksheets by filling in sentences with vocabulary words,...
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Owls In The Family: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
As wise as an owl may not be true if the owls are out-of-control pets. Farley Mowat's Owls in the Family features two pet owls that turn the neighborhood upside down. Scholars read about their adventures while learning new vocabulary...
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Little House In The Big Woods: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Author Laura Ingalls Wilder takes readers back to the good ole days. In Little House in the Big Woods, she tells scholars about a family living in the woods during the 1870s. While reading, they complete sentences with vocabulary words,...
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The Little Prince: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Do our eyes play tricks on us? The Little Prince narrator begins with a discussion of the difference in what grown-ups and children see. Scholars read how he puts this to the test using a drawing and find synonyms to vocabulary words,...
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Lion: A Long Way Home: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Home is where the heart is. Saroo, a main character in Lion: A Long Way Home, desperately wants to be home. However, he is lost in a train station and has no way to contact family or get back to his home. Scholars learn new vocabulary,...
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The Lemonade War: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Sibling rivalry or all-out war? The Lemonade War tells the story of a brother and sister who begin a competition selling lemonade. Scholars read to find out who will win. The resource includes vocabulary words, comprehension questions,...
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Jake and Lily: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Just how strong is a twins' bond? Jake and Lily, in a novel by the same name, have a powerful bond until they turn 11. Then, everything changes. As scholars read about twin trouble, they learn eight new vocabulary words, create...
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How To Train Your Dragon: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Heroes appear in unexpected places. This is true about Hiccup, a character in How to Train Your Dragon. Scholars use a novel study to learn how a useless and weak dragon reveals his brilliance. The resource includes 10 new vocabulary...
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White Fang

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Some say a wild heart cannot be tamed. However, after much time and patience, Weedon Scott, a character in White Fang, finds this is not true. Scholars read the full text about a wolf, White Fang, separated from his mom and living a...
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The Lions of Little Rock: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
A true friend sticks with you through thick and thin. Marlee and Liz, main characters in The Lions of Little Rock, have that type of friendship. Scholars learn vocabulary and answer comprehension questions as they read how the two girls...
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The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Are there secret worlds? The four children in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe answer the imaginative question when they discover a magical land in a wardrobe. Scholars read the first chapter to match vocabulary words and meanings,...
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Lily's Crossing: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
War affects much more than just soldiers. Lily and Albert in Lily's Crossing know that better than anyone as World War II affects both of them in different ways. Scholars use vocabulary words, answer questions, and work with literary...
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The Light in the Forest: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
"Make new friends but keep the old" is a wise saying. However, True Son, a main character in The Light in the Forest, struggles doing just that. Once living among the white people, he was taken into an Indian tribe for several years....
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The Lightning Thief: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Maybe dark clouds do have a silver lining. Just when Percy from The Lightning Thief thought of his life as doomed, he learned that his father is a Greek god. Scholars work through activities as they read how his life took a drastic turn....
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The Library Card: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Books open up the world. Four main characters in The Library Card discover the amazing things that happen at a library. Scholars complete sentences with 10 new vocabulary words, create similes and alliterations, and give a prediction for...
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Lawn Boy: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
A mountain of grass becomes a mountain of cash in the case of a young entrepreneur in the novel Lawn Boy. Arnold, a main character, begins a lawn mowing business and meets a stockbroker client that helps me manage his money. Scholars...
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Lassie Come-Home: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
If only all best friends could be like Lassie! Lassie Come-Home offers a glimpse of the special relationship between man's best friend and a beloved owner. Scholars complete worksheet activities while reading about Lassie's adventures to...
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Julie of the Wolves: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Blood may not always be thicker than water. Julie, in Julie of the Wolves, soon depends on a wolf pack to be her family. Scholars read about Julie's adventures as they complete sentences with vocabulary words, answer comprehension...
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Journey To The Centre of The Earth: Novel Study

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Traveling where no man has traveled before, Journey to the Centre of the Earth contains a secret code right to the middle of Earth! Scholars match 10 new vocabulary words, answer comprehension questions, create literary devices, and...
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Johnny Tremain: Novel Study

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Scholars read Johnny Tremain to see how Johnny's terrible accident helped him become a part of history. Learners write two poems, analyze characters by matching descriptions, and create...
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Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Don't count your eggs before they hatch—unless they are dragon eggs. Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher follows the main character as he finds himself hatching dragon eggs. Scholars work through the resource and read how Jeremy tries to...
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James and the Giant Peach: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Everyone wants to feel like they belong. James, in James and the Giant Peach, finds a feeling of belonging in a very odd place—inside a peach! Scholars read the story of James and the Peach and work through vocabulary, language, and...
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The Invention of Hugo Cabret: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
If the walls could talk, you might hear Hugo from The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Hugo lives in the walls of a train stations in Paris. Scholars read and complete worksheet activities as they discover Hugo's secrets. They show their...
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The Incredible Journey: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
There's no place like home. Three family pets prove this in The Incredible Journey as they head out to find their way back home. Scholars read about the dangers the pets face on their journey while they learn eight vocabulary words from...
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The Janitor's Boy: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
The perfect plan can easily backfire. Jack, in The Janitor's Boy, thinks he has the perfect plan to get back at his father. Little did he know he would end up being sentenced to help his father. Scholars read about Jack and his...
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Jacob Have I Loved: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Twins always have double the fun, right? Sara, in Jacob Have I Loved, always is in the shadows of her twin sister. Scholars identify synonyms, answer comprehension questions, foreshadow, and create alliterations as they read about how...
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The Indian In The Cupboard: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Don't judge a book—or a toy—by its cover. Omri, a main character in The Indian in the Cupboard, quickly judged his plastic toy figures as boring. However, once placed in the cupboard, Omri's toys became something he never imagined....
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I Am David: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Many people dream of getting a fresh start or starting over again. David, a main character in I am David, gets that chance and must learn to live life outside of the concentration camp. Scholars read about David's adventures as they...
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The Homework Machine: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Do opposites really attract? The D Squad in The Homework Machine includes of a quad of opposites. The group, made up of a teacher's pet, a geek, a class clown, and a slacker, make use of a machine to do their homework. In response to the...
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Fuzzy Mud: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Trouble always finds trouble. While avoiding a bully, Tamaya and Marshally from Fuzzy Mud take a trip through the off-limit woods and find themselves lost. To complete the worksheet study, scholars analyze several literary devices, learn...
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Fourth Grade Rats: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Things sure change in year's time. Suds, from Fourth Grade Rats, went from a third grade angel to a fourth grade rat! Although he is not necessarily happy with his new self, he worries he will lose his popularity. Learners complete...
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Freak The Mighty: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
They say when you are told something enough times, you eventually begin to believe it's true. Sadly, Max in Freak The Mighty believed he was stupid and dumb, so he learned to be alone. That changed when he met another outcast, Freak....
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The Fourteenth Goldfish: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Change is not always easy. That becomes evident in the story Fourteenth Goldfish. Ellie, the main character, does not like change and struggles with new things in her life.  Scholars learn how Ellie deals with change as they complete...
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Fahrenheit 451: Novel Study

For Teachers 7th - 10th Standards
Fahrenheit 451 depicts firemen like never before ... rather than putting out fires, they start them! Scholars read to understand why firemen now burn books. As they read, they work through two vocabulary activities, answer 10...
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Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Comparing yourself to others is a sure way to make you feel worse about yourself. Kyle, a character in Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library, knows this well, as it is difficult for him to compete with his older brothers. Will he finally...
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Ella Enchanted: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Ella in Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted receives the gift of obedience and must do what others tell her, but her strong personality struggles with this gift. Scholars review how Ella handles her fate by completing vocabulary...
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Elijah of Buxton: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Most think Elijah in Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis gets famous for being the first African American child born free from slavery. However, his true fame comes from his adventures to capture a thief. Readers study Elijah's...
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The Doll People Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Make believe becomes a reality in The Doll People by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin. Readers answer worksheet comprehension questions about the seven dolls living in the house and examine the advantages and disadvantages of living life...
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Freckle Juice: Novel Study

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Is the grass always greener on the other side? Andrew from Freckle Juice seems to think so! He admires his classmate's freckles and wishes he had some of his own, so he purchases a special juice to get them! While reading through the...
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Flush: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Standing up for beliefs sometimes leads to trouble! The father in Flush takes knows this all too well when he sinks a boat in protest to its illegal dumping. With his dad behind bars, the son, Noah, takes matters into his hands by...
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Flora and Ulysses: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
As Flora from Flora and Ulysses drowns in her misery, she discovers a squirrel with bigger problems than her own. She saves him from the vacuum cleaner and finds out that his brush with death gave him superpowers. Scholars match...
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Fever 1793: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
There is no escaping fever in 1793. Mattie, a main character, soon learns that a disease outbreak has taken over much more than her hometown. Scholars discover how Mattie responds to her circumstances by learning new vocabulary and...
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Fishbone's Song: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." - Frank Lloyd Wright. The inspirting quote sounds very much like words a wise old man possibly spoke in Fishbone's Song. While raising boy not his own, he...
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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
A trailblazer of her time, Callie, in The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, wants to beat to the rhythm of her own drum. As a girl at the turn of the century, she should sew, cook, and clean. Readers find out just how much she detests that...
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Everything on a Waffle: Novel Study

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Are they really lost at sea? Primrose, a main character, refuses to believe that the sea swallowed her parents. Scholars foreshadow events later in the story, analyze Primrose's feelings toward her parents, and describe what makes a family.
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Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Encyclopedia, the main character in Donald J. Sobol's Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective, is always solving mysteries and even helping dad fight crime. Scholars study eight vocabulary words from the book, answer comprehension questions...
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Eggs: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Two otherwise very different children find something in common: a missing piece. The two characters in Jerry Spinelli's Eggs form a friendship because they each have what the other longs for. Scholars discover the bond of the two...
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The Jungle Book

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Most every teacher dreams of a ready-to-teach and print book study. Well, here it is! The Jungle Book novel resource includes 12 complete lessons studying poetry, author's craft, themes, characters, and more. Scholars role play, research...
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The Door In The Wall Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
The Door In The Wall's Robin's future of knighthood suddenly changes when an accident takes the use of his legs. Scholars complete a six-page worksheet activity on Marguerite de Angeli's novel, which includes short answer questions,...
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw: Novel Study

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Greg from Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw knows the feeling of being stuck in the middle all too well. Scholars dig deep into Greg's life struggles with a novel guide that includes vocabulary from the book,...
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Novel Study

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Many identify with Greg Heffly in Diary of a Wimpy Kid when he said, “I'll be famous one day, but for now I'm stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons." Middle school is harsh, and the popular story holds nothing back. Fellow...
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The Cricket In Times Square: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
"Do not judge a book by its cover." A cricket, mouse, and cat learn this lesson in The Cricket in Times Square as they roam New York City and discover the talents of one another. Scholars begin studying the story by predicting the plot...
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Coraline: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Moving to a new place is never easy. However, it is even more complicated when secret rooms and strange noises are involved. The mystery of an unknown world unfolds in Coraline when a family moves into a new home. Scholars jump into the...
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A Corner of the Universe: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
What do people learn while walking in others' shoes? Readers get a glimpse of what it's like to look through a different lens as they read the novel A Corner of the Universe. Hattie, a main character, experiences truths about mental...
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The Dog Who Wouldn't Be Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Mutt in The Dog Who Wouldn't Be by Farley Mowat believes doing dog-like things is boring. Readers respond to the humorous adventures of Mutt and his boy by examining personification, alliteration, anagrams, and vocabulary.
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules: Novel Study

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Peer pressure creates a desire for many middle schoolers to be popular. Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy: Rodrick Rules' main character Greg struggles with finding his place and popularity in middle school. Scholars connect t the story's...
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Danny The Champion of The World: Novel Study

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Many children dream about being a champion. The dream could be reality for Danny in Danny the Champion of the World. Danny's championship is a sure thing if he and his father gain victory against a nasty landowner with a bad attitude....
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The Devil's Arithmetic: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Many say that you cannot live in the past. Hannah, in The Devil's Arithmetic, feels that all her family talks about during gatherings is previous years. To her horror, something mysteriously transports her to the past, and she must face...
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Crash: Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
As Plato said, "Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." Crash takes a look into bullying. While many stories show the perspective of the victim, the story also looks from the eyes of the bully. Scholars learn that, in...
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Clayton Byrd Goes Underground: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Music is good for the soul. Clayton, the main character, learns to love the blues from his grandfather. However, he is left to chase the band and his dream of the blues alone after his grandfather dies. Scholars dig deep into the story...
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A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Man's best friend has feelings too! An engaging story details the personal accounts of Squirrel, a stray dog from Ann M. Martin's A Dog's Life. Scholars see through the eyes of the canine as they learn new vocabulary, answer...
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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator Novel Study

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Charlie's fun didn't end at the factory! The well-known story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory continues with Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. Excitement builds as scholars work through vocabulary and eight comprehension...
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Call It Courage Novel Study

For Students 4th - 7th Standards
Engage scholars with a tried-and-true story written in 1940 but still read often today! Call It Courage is a long-time favorite and Newbery-Medal winning story. Pupils participate in vocabulary, language, and reading skills as they read...
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The Bronze Bow Novel Study

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Use a novel to teach historical and religious background knowledge. The study of The Bronze Bow combines literary elements with history for an engaging and thought-provoking lesson. Daniel struggles when he is drawn to the teachings of...
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

For Teachers 8th - 10th Standards
Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde under the premise that everyone has both good and evil inside them. Scholars analyze the literary elements of the story, including the plot, characters, vocabulary, and figurative...
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Brian's Hunt Novel Study

For Students 6th - 9th Standards
Brian is back to adventures in the wilderness in Brian's Hunt. Scholars continue deeper beyond the study of Hatchet by taking a look at its sequel, Brian's Hunt. The novel study takes scholars through vocabulary study, character...
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The Call of The Wild Novel Study

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Answer the call when life gets tough. Buck's life is forever changed in the The Call of the Wild when his happy pampered life is stolen from him after he is taken from his family. Pupils use Buck's story to learn about overcoming...
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Bud, Not Buddy Novel Study

For Students 4th - 7th Standards
Many adolescent readers quickly connect with the independence and determination of Bud in Bud, Not Buddy. By completing a variety of activities, pupils analyze the story as well as strengthen language skills with word work. Artistic...
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Brian's Return Novel Study

For Students 6th - 9th Standards
Do some pupils seem to struggle fitting in and finding their place in world? They most likely identify with Brian in Brian's Return. After his time in the wilderness, Brian struggles to fit in with society. Scholars analyze thoughts,...
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Julius Caesar Novel Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
"Cowards die many times before their deaths." A unit on William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar introduces readers to some of the play's infamous cowards as they answer questions and complete analysis activities related to the text. In...
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Problem Solvers: English Language Development Lessons (Theme 4)

For Teachers 4th Standards
How can you teach a text to a group of readers who struggling with the language? The second in a set of three ESL lessons related to Theme 4: Problem Solvers engages English language learners by introducing vocabulary and grammar...
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The World of Ramona

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
Bring the fun and whimsy of Beverly Cleary into your classroom with a teaching guide created to accompany the Ramona series. The guide offers several ideas for classroom use, including independent reading, reading aloud, and literature...
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Esperanza Rising

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Accompany a reading of the novel, Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan, with a series of lessons that dive deep into the literary world of a young girl and the journey she takes to start a new life. Lessons and their...
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Planning for Writing: Introduction and Conclusion of a Literary Argument Essay

For Teachers 6th Standards
After completing three body paragraphs of an argument essay about life's rules to live by from Bud, Not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis, it's time to begin writing the introduction and conclusion. Independently, pupils draft the final two...
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Writing: Drafting Body Paragraphs and Revising for Language

For Teachers 6th Standards
Begin the drafting phase of the writing process with a lesson focused on writing three body paragraphs in a logical way. Then, revise writing to make it more formal after a teacher-directed mini lesson. Each paragraph written highlights...
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Revisiting Bud’s Rules: Survive or Thrive?

For Teachers 6th Standards
Bud, from Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, followed a series of rules. The questions is, how did he use those rules to thrive or survive? After a grand discussion, class members explore the novel to locate and cite textual...
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How Does the Author Convey Themes in Bud, Not Buddy?

For Teachers 6th Standards
After reading up to chapter 12 of Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, scholars read chapter 13 and take part in a grand conversation about the author's writing techniques. Pupils discuss how his writing conveyed literary themes...
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The Lightning Thief: Questioning Strategy

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Step into the shoes of the Oracle from the novel, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, with this response to reading activity. After reading chapter nine, scholars answer questions from the Oracle's point...
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The Lightning Thief: During Reading Strategy

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
After reading up to page 371 of Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, get insight into how Percy felt making a major decision through active discussion strategies that enable both academic and thoughtful...
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The Lightning Thief: Before Reading Strategy

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
This pre-reading activity will certainly make your class ponder. With five questions to reflect upon, get insight to the moral dilemma Percy faced in the novel Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. 
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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle: Writing Response

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Prior to reading chapter 15 of the book, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi, examine the painting, Shipwrecked by Edward Moran, and respond to the feelings that arise within and how it relates to the characters of the novel. 
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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle: Cognitive Enhancement

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Put your thinking cap on, it's quiz time! Here, scholars use their knowledge of the book, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi to create six questions to be used in their upcoming quiz. 
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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle: Problematic Situations

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
When is it okay to go against authority and what can happen if you do? This is the leading question in this activity to accompany your classroom reading of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. After reading chapter eight,...
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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle: KWHL

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
After completing the 11th chapter of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi, take part in a KWHL chart driven by the question,When is it appropriate and admirable to defy authority? Focusing on codes of conduct, scholars...
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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle: Graphic Organizer

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
After completing the first five chapters of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle By Avi, use direct quotes to make inferences about how Charlotte feels about certain characters. Later, when the novel has concluded, revisit the text to...
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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle: Magic Square Vocabulary

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
After reading chapter one of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi, take part in a magic square vocabulary activity in which scholars match the term with its definition and insert its corresponding number in to the magic square...
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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle: Guided Imagery

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
Prior to reading The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi, spark engagement, and step into the shoes of Charlotte Doyle through this guided imagery activity focusing on adventure and the emotions that may be felt along the way.  
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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle: Biopoem

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
Conclude your novel study of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi with this biopoem activity. Get an in-depth look into the personal interests of the poem's subject including feelings, needs, fears, and more!  
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The Lightning Thief: Directed Reading-Thinking Activity

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Before diving into the engaging tale of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, conduct this directed reading and thinking activity. Assess your pupils' knowledge of Greek gods and mythology through a knowledge web, and...
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Literature Circle Packet

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Looking to set up literature circles in your class? Use these materials to support pupils when they meet in groups. Pupils take on various roles over the course of reading and meet with their groups to share the work they have done on...
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Chains Novel Study

For Students 6th - 9th Standards
Freedom is a privilege that most take for granted. Using a novel study of Chains, literary lovers quickly realize that freedom has not always been available to everyone. Readers participate in critical thinking, vocabulary, and language...
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The Cay Novel Study

For Students 4th - 6th Standards
Winston Churchill once said, "War is a game that is played with a smile." This is how Phillip, the main character, once felt about the German invasion—it was exciting, surreal, and fun. However, it quickly became real when a torpedo hit...
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The Castle in the Attic Novel Study

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
Pretend play becomes reality with The Castle in the Attic. Just when William thinks he has inherited a new toy castle, he realizes he has inherited something magical. Scholars learn all about chivalry, vocabulary, and comprehension as...
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The Lightning Thief: Vocabulary Strategy

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Take an in-depth look into the vocabulary from the novel, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. With a list of words to choose from, scholars discover the definition, origin, stories associated with the...
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The Lightning Thief: Problematic Situation Strategy

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
In the novel, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, Percy is faced with a major decision. After reading, chapter 19, discuss the decision-making process Percy took, what he decided to do, and what your...
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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: Graphic Organizer: Venn Diagram

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Get to know more about the characters of the novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis by comparing and contrasting their character traits using a Venn diagram.
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Exploring Russian Folktales

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine Russian Folktales. In this folklore lesson plan, students discuss the attributes of common folktales they know and then discover details regarding Russian folktales. Students read 3 folktales and then complete the...
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The Novel Lazarillo de Tormes

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students in Advanced Spanish participate in a literature study of two separate novels. The reading of the novel is done with scaffolding from instructional materials, teacher, and possibly handouts for students. The use of the internet...
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"Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten" (The town musicians of Bremen)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners engage in a variety of activities while reading "Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten". They generate questions abut the story and answer them. Drawings of events in the story are drawn and groups skits are created for acting.
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Chaucer's "The Prioress' Tale"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the depiction of Jews and Christians in literature. In this literature lesson, students read Chaucer's "The Prioress' Tale." Students respond to discussion questions about blood libel, and the stereotyping of Jews in...
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Sherlock Holmes Database Investigation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students conduct a character study using the literature of Sherlock Holmes. They use a database with different cases that need to be solved. Students use the computer software to work through a list of suspects and match them with the...
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Fantastic Mr. Fox: Novel Study

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
No one is slier than a fox. Fantastic Mr. Fox tells a humorous story of a group of farmers that are determined to stop a fox from stealing their livestock. Scholars analyze the battles between the fox and farmers as they examine...
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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle: Concept/Vocab Analysis

For Students 3rd - 7th
Before you begin reading The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi, review this reference sheet that includes a wealth of information regarding organizational pattern, theme, setting, foreshadowing, point of view, tone, irony,...
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Made In Mexico

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders engage in a literature study that highlights the making of guitars in Mexico. They strengthen reading comprehension skills by using the illustrations to help derive meaning from the text. The students discuss the economic...
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Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice: The Novel as Historical Source

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners examine historical fiction as historical sources. In this historical fiction lesson, students analyze excerpts from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice as well as Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman in order...
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The Treasure of Health and Happiness

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this literature worksheet, learners respond to Chapter Four of "The Treasure of Health and Happiness."  Students complete 2 short answer questions about the characters.
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At The Firehouse With Dad

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students participate in a guided reading of the children's book "At The Firehouse With Dad" They improve reading comprehension skills with the use of independent practice. The students then answer discussion questions while reading the...
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Wild Things Are Here

For Teachers K
Students engage in a literature study for the book Where The Wild Things Are. The skill of prediction is practiced as they preview the story as a whole class. The teacher models reading fluency, pronunciation, and phonetic skills while...
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Continents And Islands

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students engage in a literature study in order to address the concept of exploring the culture of Puerto Rico. The lesson looks at the culture through the eyes of two children. This helps students to connect to the content of the lesson....