Novel Unit - Ender's Game Teacher Guide Grades 6-8

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Teacher Guides


Teacher guides provide the framework for the novel, including any background information necessary to prepare students for the text. Discussion questions help you delve into the novel's plot, conflict, theme, and character motivations/interactions. Plus, they're designed to elicit student thought, discussion, and participation!


Time-saving, inspiring lesson plans provide a comprehensive novel unit—created by teachers for teachers. The legwork is done for you. The chapter-by-chapter guides incorporate research-based, higher-order reading, writing, and thinking activities.



  • 32+ pages

  • Summary

  • "About the Author"

  • Character list

  • Background information

  • Initiating activities

  • Vocabulary activities (Gr.1–8)

  • Discussion questions and answers

  • Graphic organizers

  • Writing ideas

  • Literary analysis

  • Post-reading discussion questions

  • Cross-curriculum extension activities

  • Assessment Scoring rubric


See also Student Packet #7712

Novel Unit - Ender's Game Teacher Guide Grades 6-8

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Ender's Game #10104 In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves him more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut. Ender's skills make him a leader in school, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. His psychological battles include loneliness, and fear that he is becoming like his cruel brother. Is Ender the general Earth needs?

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