"The City of Ember" Novel Study

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau will have your students begging you to keep reading. The novel follows the two main characters, Lina and Doon through a riveting tale where everything is not exactly how it seems. Lina and Doon find that they have been living in an underground world, created years earlier by the "Builders" so that a part of the population could escape disaster. This is a great novel for literature circles, a whole-class literature study or simply a read-aloud.

This 37-page novel study integrates all aspects of the reading process into engaging activities. It includes comprehension questions, motivating graphic organizers, writing assignments, parts of speech activities and art integration. Teachers may choose to use some of the activities as a basis for discussion, also.


"Word Nerd" Novel Study

"Word Nerd" by Susin Nielsen is a young adult novel written from the perspective of Ambrose, a self-described "friendless nerd." This is an excellent novel and deals with the important teen issues of friendship and bullying. It is funny, sad and a feel-good novel all at the same time. "Word Nerd" was voted by young adult readers to receive the 2010 Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award.

Follow the link below for a complete 62-page literature unit for Susin Nielsen's "Word Nerd." This literature unit consists of everything that you need to teach this novel, including comprehension questions, more than 20 graphic organizers and activities that promote higher-order thinking. Answer keys are also provided.


"Owls in the Family" Novel Study

"Owls in the Family" by Farley Mowat is a funny, heart-warming story about a boy and his pet owls, Wol and Weeps.

In the years that I have been teaching grade four, this has been a "must-read" in my classroom. Students beg to keep reading and love the fact that the story is based on Farley Mowat's childhood experiences. "Owls in the Family" is an ideal novel for a class novel study, as it engages readers of all ability levels.

The link below will lead you to a complete, 32-page literature unit ready for classroom use. It includes end-of-chapter comprehension questions as well as a variety of graphic organizers intended to engage students while completing valuable reading and writing activities.

"Uglies" Novel Study

"Uglies" by Scott Westerfeld is the first book in Westerfeld's latest series. In the novel, it is standard procedure to have an operation when you are sixteen years old in order to make you beautiful. This novel takes readers on a journey of what happens when one group of teenagers decide that they want to keep their own faces, rather than receive the operation.

The following link will connect you to a complete, 57-page literature unit for "Uglies" by Scott Westerfeld. Within this novel study are end-of-chapter comprehension, sequencing, inferring and making connections activities. As well, graphic organizers and writing activities are included that will engage and motivate your students.

I recommend picking and choosing only the activities that are most relevant to the needs of your students, as doing every single activity included may cause your students to become disconnected from the excitement of reading this novel.

"Among the Hidden" novel study

Among the Hidden is a young adult novel written by Margaret Peterson Haddix. The novel takes place in a time where families are limited to two children and population is controlled by the Population Police. The main character, Luke, is a third child, or "shadow" child who lives his life in isolation until he meets another third child who convinces him differently.

This novel study includes 40 pages of exciting activities to complete before, during and after reading. Included are pre-reading activities, comprehension questions and questions involving higher-order-thinking. End-of-chapter questions are included for each two to three chapters, as well as engaging graphic organizers that encourage students to sequence events, infer and re-tell.

Please follow the link below for the "Among the Hidden" novel study: