Students will be able to comprehend the main ideas better when they are asked to determine chapter titles for each of the chapters throughout Tuck Everlasting.

Prior to the lesson, please attach the Chapter Title packet pages to the packet following the discussion questions section.

Group Size: Any

Learning Objectives:

Students will determine the main ideas of each chapter by incorporating chapter titles to the text.

Guiding Question:

Why do you think Natalie Babbitt chose to not include chapter titles for Tuck Everlasting?


  1. Chapter Titles packet pages for each student

1. Instruct students to think about why Natalie Babbitt did not include any chapter titles to the text.

  • Have students think about their responses independently.
  • Have students share their ideas with a partner.
  • Have students share as a whole class.


2. Tell students that they will be adding chapter titles according to the day's reading. They really need to think about the text they encountered write a title for it. Remind them that chapter titles are not paragraphs, rather they should be writing a few words to wrap up the main idea.

3. Have students write chapter titles for each day's reading.


Constantly monitor student's independent work to determine if they have determined the gist of each chapter.

Benchmark or Standards:

The Standards for the English Language Arts:

Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts.

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