Where the Red Fern Grows Common Core Aligned Novel Study Teaching Guide
Where the Red Fern Grows Common Core Aligned Novel Study Teaching Guide
Where the Red Fern Grows Common Core Aligned Novel Study Teaching Guide
Where the Red Fern Grows Common Core Aligned Novel Study Teaching Guide

Where the Red Fern Grows Common Core Aligned Novel Study Teaching Guide

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Where the Red Fern Grows 155-page Common Core Aligned Literature Guide for includes student coursework, activities, quizzes, tests, and more aligned with the Common Core State Standards for ELA, the NCTE/IRA National ELA Content Standards in English, the Texas TEKS, and most importantly, time-tested best practices for teaching! This Where the Red Fern Grows Literature Guide is the solution to your lesson planning and CCSS stress!

Sara E. said: I was looking for a challenging packet for my 6th grade class, and this has worked perfectly! You have done an excellent job of integrating the standards into this packet!

This CCSS-Aligned Where the Red Fern Grows Literature Guide includes (Common Core Standards addressed are in parentheses): 

  • List of Pre-Reading Ideas and Activities to activate prior knowledge and introduce themes of the novel (numerous and varied CCSS addressed)
  • Informational Focus article and corresponding Comprehension Check questions on Coonhounds (RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.3, RI.5.4; RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.3, RI.6.4)
  • Informational Focus article and corresponding Comprehension Check questions on Grief and Loss (RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.3, RI.5.4; RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.3, RI.6.4)
  • Author Biography on Wilson Rawls with corresponding Comprehension Check questions (RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.3, RI.5.4; RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.3, RI.6.4)
  • Anticipation/Reaction Guide Response for personal reflection about the themes of the novel before reading
  • Vocabulary Lists With and Without Definitions (L.5.6; L.6.6)
  • Defined list of Allusions, Slang, and Terminology found throughout the novel (L.5.6; L.6.6)
  • Note-Taking and Summarizing Chart for each section (RL.5.2; RL.6.2)
  • Comprehension and Analysis Questions for each set of chapters (numerous and varied CCSS addressed)
  • CCSS Reading: Literature lessons and activities on
    • Literary Terms and Plot Devices (RL.5.5; RL.6.5)
    • Theme (RL.5.2; RL.6.2)
    • Figurative Language (RL.5.4, RL.6.4)
    • Textual Evidence (RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3; RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3)
    • Plot (RL.5.5; RL.6.5)
    • Mood and Tone (RL.5.4, RL.5.6; RL.6.4, RL.6.6)
    • Character Traits (RL.5.2; RL.6.3)
    • Analyzing Plot Structure (RL.5.5; RL.6.5)
    • Theme (RL.5.2, RL.6.3)

Cindi N. said: I love how much there is for the students to use in this! Very thorough and creative!

  • CCSS: Language lessons and activities on
    • Pronouns (L.6.1.A, L.6.1.B, L.6.1.C, L.6.1.D)
    • Figurative Language (L.5.5.A, L.6.5.A)
    • Nonrestrictive Clauses (L.6.2)
    • Pronoun/Antecedent Agreement (L.6.1.C, L.6.1.D)
  • CCSS: Speaking and Listening Activity on Oral Presentations (SL.5.4, SL.5.5; SL.6.4, SL.6.5)
  • Reading Quizzes every two or three chapters
  • Vocabulary Quizzes every two or three chapters
  • Two Final Test options for differentiation
    • Final Test #1: 30 questions at mid- and high-level questioning, mid- and high-level rigor
    • Final Test #2: 25 questions, completely Multiple Choice at low-level of questioning and low-level rigor
  • Final Vocabulary Test
  • Post-Reading and Extension Ideas for use as alternative or additional assessment
  • Essay and Writing Prompts for use as alternate or additional assessment
  • Teacher Guide, including a Sample Agenda
  • Summary of the Novel
  • Rubrics for assessing Informative/Explanatory Writing, Argumentative Writing and Narrative Writing
  • Two Project Rubrics for Pre- and Post- Reading project assessment
  • General Response to Literature Rubric
  • Complete Answer Key

Debbie S. said: Thanks! I got a lot of use out of this resource. It saved me lots of time and I liked the comprehension questions.