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Introduction of Tuck Everlasting Novel Study

Tuck Everlasting Overview

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt introduces students to the thought of eternal life. A young girl, Winnie Foster, feels as though she lives in a cage in her own home. Being an only child she is constantly looked after, which in turn makes her want to run away. The Tuck family also feels caged in their own home. They drank from the everlasting spring in the Foster's woods over 87 years ago and they have not aged a day since. Winnie happens to stumble across the woods, but is kidnapped by the Tucks so she does not expose their secret. A man in a yellow suit strolls into town around the same time when Winnie was kidnapped looking for this mysterious everlasting spring in the Foster woods. He wants to sell the water to worthy individuals and make a profit from the water. The Tucks, however feel as though the spring should be kept a secret so others do not experience the hardships they have faced throughout their existence. Winnie and the Tucks encounter many obstacles in their way involving the spring.
 

Lexile Level of Tuck Everlasting: 720

Reading Level: 5.9

Tuck Everlasting Novel Study Expectations

The Tuck Everlasting novel study is intended to be implemented in a 4th-7th grade classroom, depending on the student's needs. This entire unit can be completed in 5 weeks or less.

The primary reading strategy focus throughout the novel study is questioning, primarily working with question-answer-relationships. The novel study introduces students to create questions and determining what type of QAR they are. Students will begin to think more critically when questioning a text because they will be expected to stop and think about the text at a deeper level. Differentiated questioning guidelines are provided in the unit to reach all the needs of the learners. Daily discussion questions are also provided to help a student comprehend the text.

A daily packet is provided to help students document character development, question-answer relationships throughout the text, chapter titles, as well as daily comprehension questions. Students will fill these out independently to help them comprehend the text. A rubric is provided to guide students to an effective packet completion. Each week students will take a comprehension quiz over the week's reading to determine if they understood the text.

Students will be exposed to new words each week with the text via a Powerpoint and take a quiz each week over the words with a final assessment at the end. A list of enrichment words is also included to reach all the needs of the learners. A variety of vocabulary review activities and games is provided to help students retain their new knowledge.

At the end of the unit, students will pick a final project from a list of 3 to demonstrate their overall understanding of the text.

Finally a list of RTI strategies is provided to help students who may be struggling with the text. These activities could be used in the whole class as well.

The Tuck Everlasting novel study can be easily implemented with all of the guidelines and documents included in this unit.

Tuck Everlasting Weekly Timeline and Schedule

A resource to help teachers plan the 5-week Tuck Everlasting novel study. Included are weekly reading, activities, and assessments.

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Tuck Everlasting Daily Timeline of Events

Day 1: Introduce Questioning, focusing on Question-Answer Relationships
 

Day 2: Question-Answer Relationships

Day 3: Question-Answer Relationships

Day 4: Introduce Tuck Everlasting with Anticipatory Guide and Vocabulary Pretest

Day 5: Vocabulary Introduction for week 1, Introduce Packet Guidelines, and Read Prologue

Day 6: Discuss Reading and Packet work from day 5, Read chapters 1 and 2

Day 7: Discuss Reading and Packet work from day 6, Read chapters 3 and 4

Day 8: Discuss Reading and Packet work from day 7, Read chapters 5 and 6

Day 9: Discuss Reading and Packet work from day 8, Read chapters 7 and 8

Day 10: Discuss Reading and Packet work from day 9, Vocabulary and Comprehension Quiz for Week 1, Character Carousel, Character Diary Entry

Day 11: Introduce week 2 vocabulary, Read chapters 9, 10, and 11

Day 12: Discuss Reading and Packet work from day 11, Read chapters 12 and 13

Day 13: Discuss Reading and Packet work from day 12, Read chapters 14 and 15

Day 14: Discuss Reading and Packet work from day 13, Read chapters 16 and 17

Day 15: Discuss Reading and Packet work from day 14, Vocabulary and Comprehension Quiz for Week 2, Character Carousel, Character Diary Entry

Day 16: Introduce Vocabulary for week 3, Read chapters 18, 19, and 20

Day 17: Discuss Reading and Packet work from day 16, Read chapters 21 and 22

Day 18: Discuss Reading and Packet work from day 17, Read chapters 23 and 24

Day 19: Discuss Reading and Packet work from day 18, Read chapter 25 and Epilogue

Day 20: Discuss Reading and Packet work from day 19, Vocabulary and Comprehension Quiz for Week 3, Character Carousel, Character Diary Entry

Day 21: Comprehension Study Guide, Introduce Final Project, Review Vocabulary

Day 22: Work on Final Project, Review Vocabulary

Day 23: Final Assessment, Work on Final Project, Review Vocabulary

Day 24: Final Vocabulary Assessment, Complete Final Project

Day 25: Present Final Project

Tuck Everlasting Group Reading Guidelines

If the novel is not read as a whole class, students need guidelines to help them understand the effective and efficient steps to complete their readings. A guideline of steps are provided to ensure students comprehend the text with minimal outside help.

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