Pictures of Hollis Woods Book Club Focused on Story Elements

Pictures of Hollis Woods Book Club Focused on Story Elements

This Newberry Honor Book shares the story of twelve-year-old Hollis; a foster child with a habit of running away. When she is placed with Josie, a kind and creative artist, Hollis feels safe enough to stay, but now there may be another reason to leave. Written in chapters that alternate between descriptions of Hollis’s drawings and events of her current life, this is an ideal text for mini lessons focused on non-linear text structure and plot analysis.
  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 6 book club meetings focused on Story Elements
  • Chapter by chapter discussion questions and key vocabulary
  • Book Club calendar
  • Conversation prompts
  • Student self-evaluations forms
  • Reading response board
  • Culminating activity
  • Instructional focus assessment, answer key, and rubric
  • Note: This set of instructional resources is for use with the book Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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This Newberry Honor Book shares the story of twelve-year-old Hollis; a foster child with a habit of running away. When she is placed with Josie, a kind and creative artist, Hollis feels safe enough to stay, but now there may be another reason to leave. Written in chapters that alternate between descriptions of Hollis’s drawings and events of her current life, this is an ideal text for mini lessons focused on non-linear text structure and plot analysis.
  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 6 book club meetings focused on Story Elements
  • Chapter by chapter discussion questions and key vocabulary
  • Book Club calendar
  • Conversation prompts
  • Student self-evaluations forms
  • Reading response board
  • Culminating activity
  • Instructional focus assessment, answer key, and rubric
  • This set of instructional resources is for use with the book Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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Book Club resources

The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.

The instructional overview includes instructional background for plot sturucture, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to the Pictures of Hollis Woods Book Club.

Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff is an ideal text for investigating the plot structure of a non-linear story. With alternating chapters of flashbacks and present day, students will use the help of a plot diagram to keep track of events in the story.

Author Patricia Reilly Giff uses clues in Pictures of Hollis Woods to let the reader know when the events are in chronological order. Students will notice time order words and the sequence of events to infer that the chapter is proceeding in a linear order.

In Pictures of Hollis Woods, author Patricia Reilly Giff writes in italics to indicate that she has switched to writing about the main character's past. By providing information about Hollis' past and present, the reader is able to more deeply understand the text.

When looking at just the linear portions of Pictures of Hollis Woods, students are able to discuss the events of the text using a plot diagram to organize their thinking.

Student discussion of why author Patricia Reilly Giff used alternating chapters when writing Pictures of Hollis Woods leads to a discovery that this method of telling the story allows the author to paint a more complete picture of the main character. By learning about her past, the reader can understand why she behaves the way she does in the present.

As Pictures of Hollis Woods ends, the present day chapters and flashback chapters intersect. The use, and coming together, of two plot lines plays a significant role in the reader's ability to visualize the text. Author Patricia Reilly Giff crafted this novel in this way so that the reader feels like they know Hollis and can truly understand the story.

Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with plot structure.
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Book Title:
Pictures of Hollis Woods
Book Author:
Patricia Reilly Giff
Grade Level:
5
Genre(s):
Realistic Fiction
F&P Guided Reading Level:
V
DRA Level:
50
Reading Recovery Level:
Theme(s):
Award Winners, Family, Relationship Skills, Self Awareness, Self Management
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Common Core Alignment: RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, RL.5.5, RL.5.6, RL.5.7, RL.5.9, RL.5.10, RF.5.3, RF.5.4, SL.5.1a, SL.5.1b, SL.5.1c, W.5.8, W.5.9, L.5.4a, L.5.5, L.5.6
Vocabulary Connections: L.5.4a, L.5.5, L.5.6
TEKS Alignment: 5.1C, 5.1A, 5.1D, 5.6A, 5.6B, 5.6C, 5.6D, 5.6E, 5.6F, 5.6G, 5.6H, 5.6I, 5.7A, 5.7B, 5.7C, 5.7D, 5.7E, 5.7F, 5.7G, 5.8A, 5.8B, 5.8C, 5.8D, 5.9A, 5.9B, 5.9D(i), 5.9D(ii), 5.9D(iii), 5.9E(i), 5.9E(ii), 5.9E(iii), 5.9F, 5.10A, 5.10B, 5.10C, 5.10D, 5.10E, 5.10F, 5.10G, 5.13A, 5.13C, 5.13E, 5.13H
Vocabulary Connections: 5.7E, 5.7F, 5.3A, 5.3B
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