Category: Book Units

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson Teaching Ideas

Check out these free novel unit book samples and other teaching ideas for Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson.

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson is an exceptional book about six students who are placed in an experimental class during their 5th/6th grade years. The teacher decides that the last hour of each Friday will be ‘talk time.’ She takes them to an empty classroom and leaves the six alone. Slowly the students open up and talk about their troubles. 


Authorities take Esteban’s father and move him to Florida where he will be deported. Continue Reading

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Schooled by Gordon Korman Teaching Ideas

Teaching Ideas to Use with the Novel Schooled by Gordon Korman

Thirteen year-old Capricorn “Cap” Anderson lives at Garland, a farm that had once been commune in the 1960’s, with his grandmother Rain. Rain falls and breaks her hip. With no phone to call 9-1-1, Cap drives Rain into the city an hour away. Police arrest Cap for driving without a license and quickly ‘unarrest’ him when they realize how naive Cap is. He doesn’t know he is supposed to have a license in order to drive.

Rain’s broken hip prevents her from returning to Garland for a couple of months. This means Cap must live with the social worker and go to public school for the first time in his life. The students at Claverage (nicknamed C Average by the students) Middle School immediately see Cap as a loser because of his tie-dyed clothing, beads, and long hair. Since it is the custom to pick the lowest person on the social ladder as class president in eighth grade, Cap is elected to the position. Continue Reading

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I Survived the Attack of the Grizzlies, 1967

Free Book Unit Samples for I Survived the Attack of the Grizzlies, 1067

Lauren Tarshis’s seventeenth book in her popular I Survived Series – I Survived the Attack of the Grizzlies – tackles the grizzly attacks that took place in Glacier National Park. Readers are on the edge of their seats waiting to see what will happen next. Continue Reading

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Separate is Never Equal

Enjoy this free lesson for the picture book Separate is Never Equal ~Sylvia Mendez & Her Fight for Desegregation~. Free resources include both printable and digital versions.

Welcome to the Reading Crew’s Link-up

The Reading Crew is a group of primary through middle school reading specialists. About three to four times a year, we share materials and ideas through a blog link up. Enjoy reading through our posts and collecting free materials to use in your classroom this fall. Links to all the posts are found at the end of this post.  Continue Reading

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Novel Study Feedback

Novel Studies Feedback

I am continually looking for ways to improve my novel studies. Because I of this, I am searching for ten volunteers who would like to provide feedback on one of my novel studies in exchange for the free novel study unit plus a $10 TPT gift certificate.

Here’s What You Do

  1. Look through my novel units on TPT. This link will take you to ninety-five choices. Select any unit except the three free units I offer that you plan to teach in the upcoming school year.
  2. Fill out the form below that tells me your name, e-mail address, and first three novel choices. I will try to give everyone their first choice.
  3. As you teach the unit with your students, spend no more than five minutes at the end of each day and jot down notes that you think would help me to improve the unit. This may include the following:
  • typos/mistakes that need to be corrected
  • instructions that are unclear
  • questions students didn’t understand
  • things that went really well (This would be helpful to me when I create future units.)
  • basically any advise would be greatly appreciated

4. When you finish the unit, e-mail me the notes, and I will send you the $10 TPT gift certificate. Continue Reading

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I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980 Teaching Ideas

Teaching Ideas and Book Unit Samples for I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980

Weeks go by. Mount St. Helens sends up puffs of steam. The police block the road leading up to the mountain. After about two months, Mount St. Helens has calmed down. The road block is removed. Mr. Rowan wants to go back to his fishing cabin to get his fishing pole that he left behind. Jess is excited that she now has a way to get her father’s camera before her mom finds out that she took it.

When Jess and the boys reach the shack, they find the camera intact. Jess packs the camera safely in her backpack. As they leave the shack, Jess smells sulfur. Because of Dr. Morales’s information, she knows Mount St. Helens is about to erupt. In just seconds, they hear a loud Kaboom! Continue Reading

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Amal Unbound Teaching Ideas

Teaching Ideas for Amal Unbound

Aisha Saeed in her book Amal Unbound tells the fascinating story of a twelve year old girl who becomes a servant for the evil Jawad Sahid, the son of the Khan family.

After Amal’s mother had a fifth girl, she became depressed and wouldn’t get out of bed. Amal had to leave school to take care of the house and her younger sisters. One day when she needed a few minutes to herself, Amal went to the market. She was feeling glum about leaving school, so she bought a pomegranate as a special treat just for herself. When leaving the market, a car hit Amal. A man got out of the car and started yelling at her. He then wanted to take her pomegranate as a treat for his mother. Amal refused to give it to him and ran home. Continue Reading

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