Tuck Everlasting
Age 10-12: Concept 3 - Change: Unit 1

Winnie has lived a life of privilege and security. Everything changes when she meets the Tucks. The Tucks never grow old, even as the world around them moves on. Winnie is faced with the challenge of risking everything to save the family she has come to love. In this unit children explore myths and legends of "magical waters", recognize the author’s use of effective personification, and are asked to design a marketing campaign. Children practice identifying and labeling parts of speech and write a cause and effect paragraph.


  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 6th or 7th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five-paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the sixth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Getting Ready
  • Lesson 2: The Wood
  • Lesson 3: Winnie
  • Lesson 4: The Tucks
  • Lesson 5: At Home with the Tucks
  • Lesson 6: The Man in the Yellow Suit
  • Lesson 7: Fishing
  • Lesson 8: The Gallows
  • Lesson 9: The Plan
  • Lesson 10: The Water and the Toad (2 Days)
  • Final Project: A Debate (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze communication using knowledge of language structure. (Language Arts)
  • Analyze how the organizational patterns of a text (e.g., cause and effect) influence the relationship among ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Analyze the effect of author's craft on the reader. (Language Arts)
  • Analyze, make inferences, and draw conclusions about the author's purpose in cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts and provide evidence from the text to support understanding. (Language Arts)
  • Construct engaging, well-argued, coherent, and convincing responses to ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Continue to apply earlier standards with greater complexity. (Language Arts)
  • Demonstrate the different roles of the parts of speech in sentence construction. (Language Arts)
  • Describe the phenomena explained in origin myths from various cultures. (Language Arts)
  • Develop drafts following the cause-and-effect organizational strategy. (Language Arts)
  • Discuss and analyze the effects of figurative language techniques. (Language Arts)
  • Draw conclusions from the information presented by an author and evaluate how well the author's purpose was achieved. (Language Arts)
  • Evaluate arguments for sound judgments, audience awareness, theme, and use of relevant and coherent reason. (Language Arts)
  • Evaluate the use of figurative language to influence the reader's perspective. (Language Arts)
  • Explain how figurative language contributes to text. (Language Arts)
  • Explain messages conveyed in various forms of media. (Language Arts)
  • Explain the similarities and differences in the setting, characters, and plot of a play and those in a film based upon the same story line. (Language Arts)
  • Give an organized presentation with a specific point of view, employing eye contact, speaking rate, volume, enunciation, natural gestures, and conventions of language to communicate ideas effectively. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and understand the function of different parts of speech in the context of reading and writing. (Language Arts)
  • Identify elements of fiction and nonfiction and provide support by referencing the text to determine the effectiveness of figurative language. (Language Arts)
  • Identify the forms of fiction and describe the major characteristics of each form. (Language Arts)
  • Interpret text by recognizing and explaining theme. (Language Arts)
  • Know key vocabulary critical to the text and apply appropriate meanings as necessary for comprehension (Language Arts)
  • Listen to and interpret a speaker's messages. (Language Arts)
  • Make connections within and between texts by recognizing similarities and differences based on a common lesson, theme, or message. (Language Arts)
  • Present individual presentations that use evaluative techniques. (Language Arts)
  • Produce a multimedia presentation involving text and graphics using available technology. (Language Arts)
  • Read a variety of texts, including myths. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize the effectiveness of figurative language within a text. (Language Arts)
  • Speak clearly and to the point, using the conventions of language. (Language Arts)
  • Summarize the main ideas and supporting details in text. (Language Arts)
  • Theorize on the causes and effects of each problem and establish connections between the defined problem and at least one solution. (Language Arts)
  • Use and understand pronouns in reading, writing, and speaking. (Language Arts)
  • Use and understand the function of adjectives. (Language Arts)
  • Use and understand the function of different parts of speech in the context of reading and writing. (Language Arts)
  • Use context (e.g., in-sentence restatement) to determine or clarify the meaning of unfamiliar or multiple-meaning words. (Language Arts)
  • Write similes and metaphors. (Language Arts)
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