- Students do the pre-reading discussion questions using the cube template included in the Teacher’s Guide. I made one class set of cubes the first time that I taught this novel, and I save it in a box with all the other reusable activities that I made for the novel. Students needed to write down each of the questions that they create and turn them in.
- I asked some of the questions that were handed in to the class.
- We did the Line up! activity from the Teacher’s Guide. Again, I recommend printing out one set and laminating it to use year after year.
- I asked the students, “¿Qué va a ocurrir en el Capítulo 10? Haz una predicción”. We discussed their answers.
- I read the chapter aloud to the students, as dramatically as humanly possible, trying my hardest to build suspense and clarify meaning as we read.
- We discussed the after-reading questions.
- Students completed a Story Elements Glove for the book (on paper), and then they used their glove to write a summary of the novel (writing assessment). We discussed what each student considered to be the climax and what the resolution was, since the book leaves with a bit of a cliff-hanger.
- Finally, each kid illustrated their favorite scene from the book and shared it with their classmates with the inside/outside circle format. I also recorded each student talking about their drawing and used it as a speaking assessment.
The Teacher’s Guide has a lot of other great ideas for end-of-the-book culminating activities, so if you haven’t bought it by now….do it!!