This easy-to-implement printable novel study unit for the book Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris is engaging and approachable even for reluctant learners. The resource includes daily comprehension questions, a targeted vocabulary word from each day's reading, and bonus activities for post-novel reflection.
Aligned with state standards, this Mustaches for Maddie Novel Study is a 3-week unit that includes opportunities for short written responses like those used in several states' new state testing formats.
Your download includes:
✔ Daily comprehension with student-friendly printables for Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris
✔ Text-based daily vocabulary
✔ Instructional planning guide
✔ Answer keys
In this Novel Unit for Mustaches for Maddie you'll find:
1) Student comprehension practice (up to 15 instructional days)
Each day's work focuses on a single standards-based comprehension skill
Short, written responses include opportunities to apply thinking to text
Designed with reluctant and struggling learners in mind
Built-in graphic organizers to support skill acquisition
Approachable questions help make connections & start conversations
No boring multiple-choice or fill-in-the-blank questions!
Available in student-friendly trifolds or cut & paste journal prompts
) Approachable practice with key reading standards and skills including:
Text analysis and responding to literature
Summarizing and identifying the main idea of large and small passages of text
Exploring how character development occurs through events of the plot
Making inferences and drawing conclusions based on text clues
Identifying cause and effect relationships
And so much more!
3) Text-based & academic vocabulary
One target word identified for each day's reading
In the daily slide with an embedded link to an online thesaurus
Includes opportunity to generate a personal definition and use the word in context
Fosters connections between vocabulary knowledge through synonyms and antonyms
Opportunities to make connections to academic vocabulary for daily skills
4) Teacher support materials
Unit scope & sequence lays out the day's comprehension & vocabulary focus
How Novel Units from Differentiated Teaching Work...
▸ Teachers can introduce the day's vocabulary word & discuss it before reading.
▸ Students complete just one section of the trifold or a single Google Slide each day.
▸ Daily work focuses on target skills needed for success in reading vs. plot recall.
▸ The low-pressure format provides novelty & encourages student engagement
▸ Less overwhelming to reluctant readers and writers
▸ Requires deep analysis and application of text-based knowledge
▸ Encourages discussion about skills & strategies
Here's why teachers love these novel units...
♥ We used these for a whole-class novel study. Pre-printed brochures fully encompassed ELA skills for the novel. This is an extremely easy, but very rich set of activities for understanding and enriching students' ELA skills. I will be using this for our first novel study again in class this fall. I highly recommend this! -Allison M.
♥ This has helped me so much in teaching my students this year. Other resources overwhelm students with too much vocabulary and literal comprehension questions but these slides give students one vocabulary word for each chapter and a grade-level higher-order comprehension skill to practice. - Kristin P.
♥ This does a really good job of focusing on vocab and using context clues, practicing quoting from the text, and target skills. I really liked the way it focused on one skill for every two chapters, which made things really manageable for my students. - Beth A.
Here's what homeschool families have to say about the novel studies...
★ I LOVE the layout and how it guides my son and me through our reading time. As a homeschool parent, I still wanted to give him that opportunity to discuss and grapple with the text and I love this quick format as a brochure. I also love the vocab focus for each section and the skill listed so I can monitor his understanding of these as we move through a variety of texts this year. - Antonia S.
★ My kids LOVED this book companion. The vocabulary was rich, and I liked the focus on one word a day. I also liked that they had to use context clues rather than dictionary definitions... The tasks were a great review of skills I covered throughout the year. Parent-friendly and easy to implement. - Corinne M.
★ I am a homeschool mom and my daughter is enjoying the book and I am loving that she is able to respond to the reading through various aspects and not just answering questions. She is more engaged in her reading and asking more questions after she completes each task. - Terri B.