Novel Study Guides Mix, Match and Save A Long Walk to Water and Touching Spirit Bear

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ELA in Middle School
Grade Range:
Homeschool, 6-9
Product Type:
Bundle, Novel Study
File Type:
177 Plus Teacher Notes and Terms
Answer Key:
Teacher Notes for Implementation:
Yes, 7 Pages


This special bundle includes both our 89-page Study Guide and Student Workbook/Shared Conversation Guide for Linda Sue Parks A Long Walk to Water AND our 88-page Novel Study Guide for Ben Mikaelsen’s Touching Spirit Bear! Print and Digital for remote learning!

Objectives: Students will:

1. Learn new language and use it when reading and writing;

2. Explain how the values and beliefs of particular characters are affected by historical and cultural settings;

3. Analyze linear plot development to determine if, and how, conflicts are resolved;

4. Analyze how the central characters' qualities influence the theme of a fictional work and resolution of the central conflict;

5. Analyze different forms of point of view, including limited versus omniscient, subjective versus objective;

6.  Establish purposes for reading selected texts based upon own or others’ desired outcome to enhance comprehension.

7.  Ask literal, interpretive, evaluative, and universal questions of text.

8. Reflect on understanding to monitor comprehension (e.g., summarizing and synthesizing; making textual, personal, and world connections; creating sensory images).

9. Make complex inferences about text and use textual evidence to support understanding.

10. Summarize, paraphrase, and synthesize texts in ways that maintain meaning and logical order within a text and across texts.

Teacher Prep Time: Variable depending on school/district resources for printing and binding.

Lesson Duration: Due to these being two different novel studies, 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, 30 class periods, per novel.

Both Novel Studies Included in This Product contain the following items uniquely crafted to each novel:

Novel Study Guide/Student Workbook containing:

Pre-reading research recommendations with KWL/NWL charts

Pre-reading and during reading Key Vocabulary charts

18 different chapter “Questions to Consider” sections

“Characters in Profile” character analysis sections

1 Creative Writing exercise

Plot diagrams for each part of the book

Research “mini-breaks” during reading

Theme discussion webs

Doodle art for diverse learners

Original copyrighted artwork

Sentence stems for differentiation in early sections

Aligned to the Newly Adopted 2017 TEK Standards (in effect Fall 2019): Strand 1, 110.6 (3) A, B, and C; 110.22 (3) A, B, and C; 110.23 (3) A, B, and C; and 110,24 (3) A, B, and C. Strand 3, 110.22, 110.23, and 110.24; Strand 6, 110.22, 110.23 and 110.24; Strand 7, 110.22, 110.23, and 110.24, all Strands inclusive. (New Grade 8 correlation: 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 card stock for the cover and last page), this is also not required for success!

These lessons are appropriate for grades 6-9.

Please see the individual previews for the acknowledgement of various artists and designers whose products of services were used.

Frames used in this product are by Lovin’ Lit and by Mad Clips Factory.

About our Exclusive Art: All Original Pen and Ink Sketches appearing on the covers and within the Study Guides are by Jeanne Balsam and are 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

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LICENSING TERMS: By purchasing this product, you own a license for one teacher only for personal use in your classroom. Licenses are non-transferable, meaning they cannot be passed from one teacher to another. No part of this resource is to be shared with colleagues or used by an entire grade level, school, or district without purchasing the proper number of licenses.

COPYRIGHT TERMS: ©ELA in Middle School. Please note – all material included in this resource belongs to ELA in Middle School, except where indicated. By purchasing, you have a license to use the material, but you do not own the material. This resource, or any portion of this resource, may not be uploaded to the internet in any form, including classroom/personal websites or network drives, unless the site is password protected and can only be accessed by students—no other teachers or anyone else on the internet

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Thank you,

Matthew and Suzanne

ELA in Middle School

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