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  • Vocabulary unscramble, word search, crossword, multiple choice and short answer comprehension questions, and writing prompts to go with Roald Dahl's 1961 classic about the adventures of James and his insect friends in a runaway giant peach.
  • This fantastic unit guides students through one of America's best loved stories and offers the opportunity for a deeper understanding of Mark Twain's classic. Chapter-by-chapter work on vocabulary, setting, history, and other relevant topics; news writing; comprehension review, short answer questions and essay prompts for the whole book... and more!
  • From "Bob Cratchit" to "wealthy". These vocabulary building word strips with a picture of Scrooge at his desk are great for word walls. Use for sentence strips, spelling and vocabulary practice. Enhances vocabulary in the Charles Dickens classic.
  • Combining critical thinking and comprehension skills with a strong student-driven approach to the different types of intelligence, this double unit is a fantastic enhancement for Daniel Keyes' modern classic tale of intelligence gained and lost. This is one of many book lessons on our member site.
  • Review comprehension of Beverly Cleary's 1984 Newbery winner about a boy's correspondence with a real live author.
  • A mini-unit, featuring comprehension questions and vocabulary builders, designed to enhance Karen Williams' book; perfect for integration into a "What does 'home' mean?" lesson.
  • Review comprehension of Deborah and James Howes' popular story of a rabbit that is a vampire... or is it?
  • Vocabulary, short comprehension, and essay question to review J.M. Barrie’s classic novel about the boy who wouldn’t grow up.
  • Vocabulary, short comprehension, and essay question to review Wilson Rawls' story about a boy growing up and raising dogs in the Ozarks.
  • Chapter-by-chapter comprehension and vocabulary work to enhance Christopher Paul Curtis' Newbery winning (2000) story of a boy's search for his father.
  • Reading comprehension questions for each of the chapters in this book from the children's literature classic series "The Chronicles of Narnia". Includes answer sheet.
  • This unit takes a different approach to Grimm. Starting with a straight reading of six stories (available in one download on abcteach), the unit then addresses deeper meanings (What does Cinderella's shoe symbolize?), and finishes with a humorous approach (what would a social worker say about Hansel and Gretel?)
  • Comprehension questions and short answer writing prompts to review Natalie Babbitt's popular story of a family that doesn't age.
  • This book unit is based on Dr. Seuss' book, The Sneetches. It addresses diversity, equality and tolerance. The unit includes comprehension questions, as well as pre-and post- writing activities.

  • This vocabulary enhancer works well with or without the book by Ruth Belov Gross about the life and times of George Washington.
  • Six levels of questions to review the historical fiction 2002 Newbery winner by Avi. The review questions (one page each of "Bloom's Taxonomy") are helpful for critical thinking development. This is one of many Newbery book lessons on our member site.
  • A list of challenging vocabulary from Avi's popular medieval novel (winner of the Newbery Prize), for review or study. This is one of many Newbery book lessons on our member site.
  • Use this page to divide portfolio categories or for a notebook cover.
  • A very full twenty page unit, which can be used as a whole or in parts. Each act of the play is summarized in simple language; the most famous quotes ("Alas, poor Yorick!") are listed and explained; the story is related to its historical setting ("What is the Ptolemaic system?") and to modern times ("Label the map of Europe"); plus comprehension, vocabulary, and essay questions. Common Core: ELA: RI.5.1-3

  • A fantastic supplemental unit for W.W. Jacob's tale of the horrible side of getting what you wish for. Creative interpretation, inference development, suspense analysis, and more.
  • An introduction to the famous Grimm brothers, the source of their stories and their motivations for collecting them, and a reflection on the stories' resonance today are all presented in this reading comprehension.
  • Enhance Pearl S. Buck's story of a Japanese tsunami with vocabulary review comprehension questions and creative writing prompts.
  • Chapter-by-chapter comprehension and writing prompts to accompany Elizabeth George Speare's Newbery Award-winning story of growing friendship and respect between two boys: a white settler and a Native American.
  • Worksheet for character understanding, chapter-by-chapter summary questions, comprehension questions, and writing prompts to go with Patricia MacLachlan's Newbery-winning tale of a woman who cares for a widower and his children in the turn-of-the-century midwest.
  • Chapter-by-chapter comprehension, vocabulary, and writing questions to accompany Louis Sachar's Newbery-winning (1999) novel of a camp that is not what it seems.
  • Word unscramble exercise for vocabulary found in Cynthia Kadohata's popular Newbery Medal winning story. One of many Newbery book lessons on our member site.
  • Comprehension questions to review Deborah Hopkinson's hisorical novel of a brave slave girl's map to freedom.
  • The texts for six of Grimm's stories (The Frog King, Bearskin, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, King Thrushbeard, and Cinderella), translated into English from the original German. Available to accompany our "Grimm Stories" unit, or just for entertaining reading.
  • Chapter-by-chapter comprehension, vocabulary, and writing questions to accompany Richard Peck's Newbery-winning (2000) novel about a Chicago girl who spends a year of the Depression with her intimidating grandmother in a rural town.
  • Review Walter Dean Myer's story of a World War II soldier, from the "My Name is America" series. Includes story sequencing, multiple choice comprehension questions, grammar review, and more. Common Core:ELA: Reading Literature: RL.5.3

  • "In what ways does the setting of the movie differ from how it was presented in the book?" Many popular children's books are being made into films-- this list of questions helps students develop critical thinking skills while comparing the two media.
  • The Newbery-winning novel Hatchet (by Gary Paulsen) is a popular book, even among reluctant readers. Expand your reading with a chapter summary sheet, vocabulary expansion exercises, comprehension review, and MUCH more.
  • Enhances Christopher Paul Curtis's historical novel (winner of the Newbery Prize) with event sequencing and a cloze comprehension exercise.
  • "When the two main characters initially meet, what is the source of conflict?" This page of questions can be applied to almost any romance book (from Jane Austen to Meg Cabot). An excellent checklist for book reports, these questions are also a good way to check student comprehension.
  • This five page unit, stressing vocabulary and comprehension skills, works well with or without the biography by Ann McGovern.
  • This is an 18 page comprehensive reading unit for the novel, Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. It includes comprehension questions as well as pre-and post-writing activities.

  • This mini-unit uses Shel Silverstein's popular poem as a jump-off point to creative and letter writing, and to assessing the elements of poetry. The food pyramid, biodegradable products, journal prompts... a towering pile of great ideas.
  • A reading comprehension biography about Dickens, followed by activities like "Write Your Own Christmas Carol" and "Match the Quote to the Book" and more.
  • This five page unit, stressing vocabulary and comprehension skills, works well with or without the biography by Lola M. Schaefer.
  • The pages for this book unit include: 1 page of background information and suggested activities and discussion topics; a writing activity on moving to a new country; a writing activity about a time when you felt that you were different from others; an story boarding activity; a compare and contrast activity including Venn Diagram; templates for differentiated activities choices; and templates for rubrics and scoring student work; a word search and answer key. (11 pages)