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Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus Novel Study

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus Novel Study

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This is a novel study for Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling.

Level 3 Novel Studies are designed for 5th to 8th graders. 

You can see example pages by looking at other Level 3 novel studies.

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus Novel Study contains:

  • Paragraph-Level Writing Activities
  • Daily note-taking activities
  • Guided Literary Analysis
  • 5 Paragraph Essay Final Project
  • Vocabulary Journal & Vocab Words
  • Chapter Discussion Questions
  • 10 End of Book Discussion Questions
  • Book Club Activity Ideas

This novel study can be completed in 16 days spread over 3 or 4 weeks.

For 10 days, your student will read, take notes, complete paragraph-level writing activities, and study vocabulary. On day 11, your student will select the prompt for their five paragraph essay and brainstorm details for it. On day 12, they will outline their essay. On day 13, they will write the first draft of their essay. On day 14, they will revise their essay. Then on day 15, they will do a final edit and produce a polished final draft.

Required Books:

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

How to Survive Middle School English by Nina Ciatto

We recommend doing 6 to 10 novel studies per year.

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About Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus:

"Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. And when her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown western theme park in Arizona, Aven moves with them across the country knowing that she’ll have to answer the question over and over again.
Her new life takes an unexpected turn when she bonds with Connor, a classmate who also feels isolated because of his own disability, and they discover a room at Stagecoach Pass that holds bigger secrets than Aven ever could have imagined. It’s hard to solve a mystery, help a friend, and face your worst fears. But Aven’s about to discover she can do it all . . . even without arms." 
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