Harriet the Spy Common Core Novel Study Teaching Guide
Harriet the Spy Common Core Novel Study Teaching Guide
Harriet the Spy Common Core Novel Study Teaching Guide
Harriet the Spy Common Core Novel Study Teaching Guide

Harriet the Spy Common Core Novel Study Teaching Guide

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This 98-page Literature Guide for Harriet the Spy is a complete lesson plan bundle containing no-prep handouts, activities, projects, quizzes, tests, and more, aligned with the Common Core State Standards for ELA, the NCTE/IRA National ELA Content Standards in English, and the Texas TEKS for grades 4 and 5.

Jennifer J said: This resource is awesome! High quality and perfect for a book study! Thank you!

This Common Core Aligned Harriet the Spy Literature Guide includes (the specific standards addressed are in parenthesis):

  • List of Pre-Reading Ideas and Activities designed to spark interest and introduce themes of the novel
  • Pre-Reading Narrative and corresponding CCSS-aligned Comprehension Check questions on Dealing With Others (RL.4.1, RL.4.2; RL.5.1, RL.5.2)
  • Anticipation/Reaction Guide - "I Believe Statements" using the text of the book
  • Biography on author Louise Fitzhugh with corresponding Comprehension Check questions about the article (RI.4.1, RI.4.3; RI.5.1)
  • Vocabulary Lists With and Without Definitions (L.4.6; L.5.6)
  • Allusions and Terminology to Know (L.4.6; L.5.6)
  • Active Reading Note-Taking and Summarizing Organizer for use with each section (RL.4.2, RL.4.3; RL.5.2, RL.5.3)
  • Chapter Questions throughout, focusing on numerous and varied Reading: Literature CCSS
  • Chapter-by-Chapter CCSS Reading: Literature Focus activities and lessons, including
    • Point of View (RL.4.6; RL.5.6)
    • Characterization (RL.4.3; RL.5.2, RL.5.3)
    • Inference (RL.4.1: RL.5.1)
    • Figurative Language (RL.4.4; RL.5.4)
    • Structure of the Novel (RL.4.5: RL.5.5)
    • Theme (RL.4.2; RL.5.2)

Mary Jo A. said: This is one of the best literature units I have used! Very aligned to CCSS!

  • Chapter-by-Chapter CCSS Writing Focus activities and lessons, including
    • Writing Narratives (W.4.3; W.5.3)
    • Fact and Opinion (W.4.1; W.5.1)
    • Poetry Using Figurative Language (W.4.4, RL.4.4, L.4.5.A; W.5.4, RL.5.4, L.5.5.A)
    • Theme (W.4.1, W.4.9.A, RL.4.2; W.5.1, W.5.9.A, RL.5.2) 
  • Chapter-by-Chapter Language Focus lessons on
    • Commas (L.4.2.B, L.4.2.C; L.5.2.B, L.5.2.C)
    • Using Context Clues (L.4.4.A; L.5.4.A) 
  • Reading and Vocabulary Quizzes
  • Two Final Tests
    • Final Test #1: 20 questions at mid- and high-level questioning, mid- and high-level rigor
    • Final Test #2: 20 questions, completely Multiple Choice at low-level of questioning and low-level rigor
  • Post-Reading Activity - Dinner Menu
  • Post-Reading and Extension Ideas
  • Essay and Writing Prompts
  • Teacher Agenda, including notes about this Guide
  • Summary of the Book
  • Rubric for assessing Narrative Writing
  • General Writing Rubric
  • Complete Answer Key
  • Common Core Alignment Documentation for grades 4 and 5

Zoey's Teaching Place said: Awesome unit for this book. You won't need to do any work but printing and making copies. Worth every penny.