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When You Reach Me Novel Study


No prep novel study for When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. Includes student workbook with worksheets and graphic organizers, a variety of assessments, projects, games, complete answer key, and much more. Print and Google Drive digital options included.


This is a 120+ page, Common Core aligned, complete novel study for When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. This NO PREP book study teaching 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 is divided into 4 sections. Each section contains vocabulary work, questions about figurative language, synonyms and antonyms, reading comprehension questions, and discussion questions. There is a quiz for each section as well. The sections are divided as follows:

  • Section 1: Things You Keep in a Box – The Winner’s Circle pg. 1-42
  • Section 2: Things You Keep Secret – Things You Pretend pg. 43-91
  • Section 3: Things that Crack – Things You Realize pg. 92 – 145
  • Section 4: Things You Beg For – Parting Gifts pg. 146 – 197

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Included in this novel study guide for When You Reach Me:

Introductory and Informational Materials:

  • Teaching Notes
  • CCSS Checklists for grades 5 – 6

Vocabulary Building Materials:

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

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

  • Vocabulary
  • Chapter Questions
  • Focused Instruction on Synonyms/Antonyms and Figurative Language
  • Discussion Questions
  • Student Projects

Easy to Grade Assessments:

Activities Included in this Book Study:

  • When You Reach Me Question and Answer Dice Game

Common Core Standards utilized with this unit:

  • R.L. 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.10
  • R.L. 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.10
  • L. 5.4, 5.4a, 5.4c, 5.5, 5.5a, 5.5b, 5.5c
  • L. 6.4, 6.4a, 6.4b, 6.4c, 6.4d, 6.5, 6.5a

Skills addressed in this book study guide include:

  • determining word meaning from context clues or a dictionary
  • identifying and explaining the meaning of figurative language
  • synonyms and antonyms
  • identify narrator
  • identify point of view and understand how the POV contributes to the plot
  • describe setting
  • identify the conflict(s) in a story
  • identify the climax of a story
  • make predictions
  • providing textual evidence to support an answer
  • interpreting the feelings of a character
  • compare and contrast
  • identify foreshadowing
  • give reasons to support an opinion
  • identify theme(s)
  • identify genre
  • summarize/describe events


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