FULLY DIGITAL FILLABLE PDF! REMOTE AND DISTANCE LEARNING READY! This study guide/student workbook is designed to guide your literary students to becoming literary scholars! It is designed to teach young scholars critical thinking skills as they conduct deep analysis of the text. It guides students through pre-reading research into the environment and ecology of the southern Sudan, providing invaluable grounding in the setting of the story. KWL and NWL charts help students understand the hardships facing Salva during his “walk” as a “Lost Boy of the Sudan”, and Nya in her daily walks to bring critical water to her family. “The Power of Words” vocabulary charts help scholars gain a mastery of new vocabulary.
The depth of knowledge questioning BEGINS at level 3 and takes students to level 4 from the first chapter onwards. Throughout the chapters, your scholars will engage with the characters through “Characters in Profile” pages, complete plot analysis, discuss and determine themes, and connect with the text in meaningful ways.
A unique feature of this study guide is the shared conversation component. Your students will be prompted to switch study guides with a partner, and in the partner’s guide, read and respond to the partner’s observations!
Objectives: Students will:
- 1. 8.2: Learn new language and use it when reading and writing;
- 2. 8.3C: Explain how the values and beliefs of particular characters are affected by historical and cultural settings;
- 3. 8.6A: Analyze linear plot development to determine if, and how, conflicts are resolved;
- 4. 8.6B: Analyze how the central characters' qualities influence the theme of a fictional work and resolution of the central conflict;
- 5. 8.6C: Analyze different forms of point of view, including limited versus omniscient, subjective versus objective;
- 6. 8.Fig19A: Establish purposes for reading selected texts based upon own or others’ desired outcome to enhance comprehension.
- 7. 8.Fig19B: Ask literal, interpretive, evaluative, and universal questions of text.
- 8. 8.Fig19C: Reflect on understanding to monitor comprehension (e.g., summarizing and synthesizing; making textual, personal, and world connections; creating sensory images).
- 9. 8.Fig19D: Make complex inferences about text and use textual evidence to support understanding.
- 10. 8.Fig19E: Summarize, paraphrase, and synthesize texts in ways that maintain meaning and logical order within a text and across texts.
The objectives listed correlate to the Texas Essential Knowledge Standards (TEKS) currently in use for the 8th grade (Pre-Fall 2019) and can be adjusted using linear progression for other grade levels.
Teacher Prep Time: Variable depending on school/district resources for printing and binding.
Lesson Duration: Due to this being a novel study, this will vary according to how much time teachers are able to dedicate to reading the novel. If completed as a chapter per day: 25 minutes per day, 24 class periods.
Included in This Product:
2 Versions of the Novel Study Guide/Student Work Book, one for Print and one Digital for Remote Learning, containing:
- 1. Pre-reading research recommendations with KWL/NWL charts
- 2. Pre-reading and during reading Key Vocabulary charts
- 3. 18 different chapter “Questions to Consider” sections
- 4. 4 “Characters in Profile” character analysis sections
- 5. 3 “Gathering Evidence” exercises to engage scholars with the nuances of different cultures
- 6. Mini-research breaks for different cultural and natural world connections
- 7. Plot diagrams for the different story lines, and revisiting the diagrams at different points (Separate File for Digital)
- 8. Theme discussion webs
- 9. Doodle art for diverse learners
- 10. Original copyrighted artwork
- 11. Sentence stems for differentiation in early sections
Teacher notes for implementation
Aligned to TEKS:
8.2; 8.3C; 8.6A, B, C; 8.Fig19A, B, C, D, E
And Adopted 2017 Standards (in effect Fall 2019): 8.2, B, D, E; 8.3C; 8.6a, B, C; 8.22A, B
Aligned to CCSS: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.9, 8.10; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1B,8.3 (all), 8.4, 8.5, 8.7, 8.8, 8.9
Please note that while our previews, and the PDF, are in color, we have also test printed in black and white, with no loss in usability. So, although color is recommended, if costs for your school or district make this prohibitive, the guide is still fully accessible. Additionally, although we recommend binding the workbook (and using cardstock for the cover and last page), this is also not required for success!
This lesson is appropriate for grades 6-9.
ELA in Middle School
Frames used in this product are by Lovin’ Lit, and by Mad Clips Factory.
Doodle Art by Carrie Stephens,and by Kate Hadfield Designs.
Cover Art: Original Pen and Ink Sketches appearing on the cover, on the last page of the table of contents, and on page 51 by Jeanne Balsam used by special permission, all rights reserved by the artist. The artwork cannot be reproduced in any other application. If you would like to view other work by her, please visit www.jeannebalsam.com.
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Packed resource with a lot of activities and prompts--from simple to complex thinking.
This is the perfect companion for the book. There are so many activities, and for different levels.
What I like the most is that it helps students to acquire critical thinking skills!
This is perfect to accompany my Africa Unit in Social Studies! I'm so thankful this is print-and-go. Great resource!
This product has LOTS of good activities that are ready to print and go. The questions are well-written and encourage deeper-level thinking.
This is a very thorough study guide to accompany the book. Has a lot of great ideas for students!