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Newbery Bundle: When You Trap a Tiger & The Last Cuentista


Get novel studies for two Newbery Award winning books at a discounted price! These novel studies for When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller and The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera are CCSS-aligned for grades 5 and 6 and include everything that you need – student workbooks for independent or group work, projects, activities, games, and assessments.

Choose print or Google Drive digital options.


This middle school novel study bundle features novel studies for two Newbery Award winning books. The books cover a range of characters, settings, and literary styles, and both novels are CCSS aligned for 5th and 6th grade. Each novel study gives you the option to use printed materials or digital assignments with Google Drive options for students!

What is included?

  • Take your students on a fantastical adventure with When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller. It weaves a magical story focused on family, love, loss, and Korean folklore.
  • Introduce your students to dystopian literature with The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera. When Earth is threatened with destruction, how will humanity carry on? Who will decide who lives and who perishes? And what ideals are driving those decisions?

All novel studies include:

  • “Mark My Words” Vocabulary Bookmark
  • Student Worksheet Packet–great for independent work! (digital option)
  • Student Projects
  • A variety of assessments (varies some by novel study)

– vocabulary quiz

– section quizzes (digital option)

– comprehensive quiz (digital option)

– final exam (some include PARCC-style Part A, Part B questions) (digital option)

  • Vocabulary Cards
  • Q & A Dice Game
  • Complete Answer Keys
  • CCSS Checklists

Skills addressed in these novel studies include:

  • determining word meaning from context clues or a dictionary
  • synonyms and antonyms
  • identifying and explaining the meaning and purpose of figurative language
  • making connections to history
  • making inferences
  • give evidence/reasoning to support an answer
  • summarize/describe events
  • identify theme(s)
  • compare and contrast
  • the hero’s journey (extension activity)
  • identify point of view
  • state an opinion and give reasons to support it
  • make predictions
  • discuss how a character changes throughout a story
  • identify and describe plots, settings, and main characters (student project)
  • persuasive writing (student project)


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