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The Last Cuentista Novel Study

The Last Cuentista Novel Study

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This is a novel study for The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera.

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

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The Last Cuentista 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:

The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

How to Survive Middle School English by Nina Ciatto

We recommend doing 6 to 10 novel studies per year.

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 **This is a digital PDF for single-family use. If you are a teacher, you can purchase an extended use license here.**

About The Last Cuentista:

" Había una vez . . .

There lived a girl named Petra Peña, who wanted nothing more than to be a storyteller, like her abuelita.

But Petra's world is ending. Earth has been destroyed by a comet, and only a few hundred scientists and their children – among them Petra and her family – have been chosen to journey to a new planet. They are the ones who must carry on the human race.

Hundreds of years later, Petra wakes to this new planet – and the discovery that she is the only person who remembers Earth. A sinister Collective has taken over the ship during its journey, bent on erasing the sins of humanity's past. They have systematically purged the memories of all aboard – or purged them altogether.

Petra alone now carries the stories of our past, and with them, any hope for our future. Can she make them live again?" - Amazon

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