Want to hear some good news? This post has a free The Great Gilly Hopkins lesson plans preview lessons for you to download! In my classroom, I offer The Great Gilly Hopkins as a choice for literature circles, but this book will also work perfectly as a class read or as an individual novel study.
It is often hard to incorporate Common Core standards into activities students are completing on their own or in a small group. One of the activities that students enjoy with this novel is completed after reading chapter four. In this chapter, Gilly receives a letter from her mom. I have each member of the Gilly lit circle group reply to this letter by taking on the persona of Gilly herself. This requires the students to really understand her inner thoughts and feelings and conflicts. After the students in the literature circle have all written their own “Gilly letter”, I have them swap letters and then respond to Gilly from mom! Both activities require my students to delve back into the chapter and revisit the text. This is the kind of activity that is included in our The Great Gilly Hopkins lesson plans packet.
Click the link below to print the instructions for this activity and print some other free handouts as well from our Gilly Hopkins Teaching Unit.