Learning Activity: Reading a novel or short story

Students should select a grade-level appropriate novel or short story in which the main character goes on a journey of self-discovery. The book should focus on personal image and strength of character during challenging situations with friends and family. The story should reinforce the ideas presented in this lesson. Students can choose from the list of suggested stories provided. You may wish to add stories to the list. You can determine the amount of time that students have to read their novel and respond. Time in class to read the story and work on their reactions should be determined by your schedule.

The following chart is a list of stories that would be appropriate for this lesson. All titles were found in the 7th Edition of Best Books for Children by John Gillespie.

Title

Author

Appropriate Grade Level(s)

The Lump in the Middle

C.S. Adler

5-7

What’s to be Scared Of?

C.S. Adler

4-7

The Many Troubles of Andy Russell

David Adler

2-5

Drew and the Bub Daddy Showdown

Robb Armstrong

3-5

Are you There God? It’s me Margaret

Judy Blume

4-6

Blubber

Judy Blume

4-6

Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great

Judy Blume

4-6

Panther Glade

Helen Cavanagh

4-6

Dear Mr. Henshaw

Beverly Cleary

4-7

Strider

Beverly Cleary

4-8

Gabriel’s Ark

Sandra Curtis

2-5

Spotlight on Cody

Betsy Duffey

2-4

Randall’s Wall

Carol Fenner

3-6

Poopsie Pomerantz, Pick up Your Feet

Patricia Reilly Giff

3-5

Box Top Dreams

Miriam Glassman

4-7

Destiny

Vickie Grove

5-9

Zeely

Virginia Hamilton

4-6

Just Like Me

Gail Herman

3-5

Carolina Crow Girl

Valerie Hobba

4-6

Slump

Dave Jarzyna

5-8

Warnock in the Language of Loons

Natalie Kinsey

4-7

The Uncivil War

Sheila Klass

4-6

Mary Marony and the Chocolate Surprise

Suzy Kline

2-4

Amelia Works it Out

Marissa Moss

3-5

Jelly Belly

Robert Smith

4-6

Daring to be Abigail

Rachel Vail

4-6

Mountains to Climb

Richard Wainwright

3-5

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