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Copper Sun Novel Study


No prep novel study for Copper Sun by Sharon Draper. Includes anticipation guide, student workbook with worksheets and graphic organizers, a variety of assessments, projects, complete answer key, and much more. Print and Google Drive digital options included.


This is a 80+ page Common Core aligned complete novel study for Copper Sun by Sharon Draper. Copper Sun tells the story of a teenage girl in Africa that is kidnapped, shackled, branded, and then put on a slave boat bound for America, where she will be sold to a South Carolina plantation owner. This novel study unit has everything that you will need to teach and assess the novel. The table of contents makes finding information quick and easy. ALL ANSWER KEYS ARE INCLUDED.

The student packet includes drawings and other artwork depicting slavery to deepen student connections with the text.

GO DIGITAL! Choose printed or paperless resources! The student packet and final quiz are available as Google Drive™ files. A vocabulary and definitions list is also included to allow you to easily import into Flippity, Kahoot, Quizlet, etc. to create digital flashcards or word games.


CONTENT ADVISORY: This book deals with mature content.


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Included in this novel study guide for Copper Sun:

Introductory and Informational Materials:

  • Teacher’s Notes
  • Anticipation Guide for Students
  • CCSS Checklists for grades 11 – 12

Vocabulary Building Materials:

  • Vocabulary Master List (digital option)
  • “Mark My Words” Student Vocabulary Bookmark
  • Vocabulary Crossword Puzzles (answer keys included)
  • Word Wall Cards
  • Vocabulary and Definition Cards
  • Vocabulary Quiz (answer key included)

Student Packet (divided into 4 sections) (digital option) featuring:

  • Vocabulary Crossword Puzzles
  • Open Response Questions
  • Discussion Questions
  • Journal Writing Prompts
  • Student Projects

Easy to Grade Assessments:

  • Vocabulary Quiz (matching)
  • Comprehensive Quiz (M/C) (digital option—Google Forms™—self-grading)

Common Core Standards utilized with this unit:

  • R.L. 11.1, 11.2, 11.3, 11.4, 11.5
  • R.L. 12.1, 12.2, 12.3, 12.4, 12.5
  • W. 11.3, 11.3d
  • W. 12.3, 12.3d
  • L. 11.4, L. 11.4c, L. 11.4d
  • L. 12.4, L. 12.4c, L. 12.4d

Skills addressed in this book study guide include:

  • analyze setting
  • compare and contrast
  • mood
  • irony
  • character traits
  • author’s purpose
  • making predictions
  • identifying genre
  • summarizing
  • character development
  • analyzing novel structure
  • analyze a character’s point of view, providing textual support
  • drawing conclusions
  • foreshadowing
  • symbolism
  • sequence of events (student projects)
  • compare and contrast the novel with a poem (student projects)
  • theme (student projects)

Curriculum tie-ins:

  • slavery
  • American history
  • African American history


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