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Summer of the Mariposas Novel Study


Novel study for Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall. Includes worksheets, activities, projects, games, assessments, full answer keys, and more. Print and digital versions included.


This is a 100+ page, Common Core aligned, complete novel study for Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall. This NO PREP book study teaching unit has everything that you will need to teach and assess the novel, including an extension activity to compare and contrast the novel with Homer’s Odyssey. The table of contents makes finding information quick and easy. ALL ANSWER KEYS ARE INCLUDED.

The novel study is divided into 3 sections (just like the book). Each section includes vocabulary, chapter questions, discussion questions, a vocabulary crossword puzzle, and a review quiz.

  • Part I THE DEPARTURE: Chapters 1-6
  • Part II THE INITIATION: Chapters 7-15
  • Part III THE RETURN: Chapters 16-22

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Included in this Summer of the Mariposas novel study guide:

Introductory and Informational Materials:

  • Teaching Notes
  • CCSS Checklists for grades 6-8

Vocabulary Building Materials:

  • Vocabulary Master List (digital option)
  • “Mark My Words” Student Vocabulary Bookmark
  • Word Wall Cards
  • Vocabulary and Definition Cards
  • Vocabulary & Character Crossword Puzzles (3, answer keys included) (digital option)
  • Final Vocabulary Quiz (matching, answer key included)

Student Packet (digital option) (divided into 3 sections) featuring:

  • Vocabulary
  • Chapter Questions
  • Focused instruction on The Quest Pattern of Events, Figurative Language, and Synonyms & Antonyms
  • Discussion Questions
  • Student Projects

Easy to Grade Assessments:

Activities Included in this Book Study:

  • Summer of the Mariposas Question and Answer Dice Game
  • Homer’s Odyssey Compare and Contrast Activity (characters and plot)

Common Core Standards utilized with this unit:

  • R.L. 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.6, 6.10
  • R.L. 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.6, 7.10
  • R.L. 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.6, 8.10
  • L. 6.4, 6.4a, 6.4c, 6.4d, 6.5, 6.5a, 6.6
  • L. 7.4, 7.4a, 7.4c, 7.4d, 7.5, 7.5a, 7.5b, 7.6
  • L. 8.4, 8.4a, 8.4c, 8.4d, 8.5, 8.5a, 8.6

Skills addressed in this book study guide include:

  • determining word meaning from context clues or a dictionary
  • synonyms and antonyms
  • identifying and explaining the meaning and purpose of figurative language
  • understanding “the quest” pattern of events
  • making predictions
  • understanding the feelings of characters
  • describe how a character changes throughout the story
  • foreshadowing
  • give evidence/reasoning to support an answer
  • summarize/describe events
  • identify theme(s)
  • compare and contrast (extension activity)



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