“Hoot” by Carl Hiaasen – Pre-reading activities

This product is for four pre-reading activities for the novel “Hoot” by Carl Hiaasen.  The activities take about a class week to complete.

Carl Hiaasen Biography:

A one-page nonfiction article about the author, Carl Hiaasen.  This article has three short response questions with a complete key including suggested answers.

Scavenger Hunt:

Online activity researching and exploring the author, Carl Hiaasen, the state of Florida, the Everglades, the Newbery Medal and Burrowing Owls.  Students will use various websites to answer questions about each topic.

Available in different formats:

  1. A .pdf file of each page of the scavenger hunt which can be printed out or uploaded to Google Classroom.
  2. A Google Slides version with instructions of uploading this to your Google Drive.
  3. A .pdf file where students can use QR codes and write their answers on the paper.
  4. .Jpeg format which can be used to integrate into a PowerPoint presentation.

Literature Based Vocabulary:

24 Tier II vocabulary words found in the novel.  It includes the word, definition, a fill in the blank and a project option at the end.

Reading Calendar:

An editable reading calendar to use with the novel study.

Gender Stereotypes:

Photographs to use to discuss traditional gender stereotypes and a follow up activity.  This activity can be partially completed as a pre-reading activity and then used again after the students are more knowledgeable with the characters.

All handouts include a complete key with answers or suggested answers included.

All activities are visually appealing and ready to use.  If you like this activity, check out the entire novel study for Hoot located here.


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