Pictures of Hollis Woods Resource Set

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Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff

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.

Teach with Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff

Get everything you need to run a successful Book Club using Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 6 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Plot
  • Chapter by Chapter Discussion Guide
  • Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Guide
  • Book Club Calendar
  • Conversation Prompts
  • Expectations for Book Club Anchor Chart / Student Reference Sheet
  • Student Self-Evaluation Forms
  • Running Record Assessment Tool
  • Student Reading Response Guide
  • Comprehension Assessment Rubric
  • Common Core State Standard Assessment
CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • CCSS Alignment: L.5.6 RF.5.3 RF.5.4 RL.5.1 RL.5.10 RL.5.2 RL.5.3 RL.5.4 RL.5.5 RL.5.6 RL.5.7 RL.5.9 SL.5.1a SL.5.1b SL.5.1c SL.5.1d SL.5.2 SL.5.3 W.5.8 W.5.9
  • Vocabulary: L.5.4a L.5.5 L.5.6
  • Instructional Overview: 5.10B 5.10C 5.13A 5.13C 5.13E 5.13H 5.1A 5.1C 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
  • Vocabulary: 5.3A 5.3B 5.7E 5.7F
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    Pictures of Hollis Woods Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    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.
    TEKS Alignment:

    5.10B 5.10C 5.13A 5.13C 5.13E 5.13H 5.1A 5.1C 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

    Book Club Management 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.

    Meeting #1: Introduce Plot Structure and Organization

    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.

    Meeting #2: Following a Linear Timeline as You Read

    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.

    Meeting #3: Learning About Character with a Non-Linear Timeline

    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.

    Meeting #4: Drawing Connections Between Linear and Non-Linear Timelines

    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.

    Meeting #5: Looking at the Relationship Between Linear and Non-Linear Timelines

    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.

    Meetimg #6: Reflecting on Plot Structure and Organization

    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.

    Pictures of Hollis Woods Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with plot structure.

    Pictures of Hollis Woods Common Core Assessment

    This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students' overall comprehension of Pictures of Hollis Woods and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.

    Pictures of Hollis Woods Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Pictures of Hollis Woods. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes Book Club Management Resources for use with Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    Pictures of Hollis Woods Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Pictures of Hollis Woods, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the Pictures of Hollis Woods Resource Set or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.5.4a L.5.5 L.5.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    5.3A 5.3B 5.7E 5.7F

    Pictures of Hollis Woods Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by Pictures of Hollis Woods Book Club Resource Set.

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the Pictures of Hollis Woods Resource Set.

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