The Flunking of Joshua T. Bates is about a boy named Joshua who must repeat the third grade. He must encounter the anger and humiliation that comes along with "flunking" out, and learn to regain his respect and self-esteem. Our unit provides teachers with a highly structured format for teaching language arts as students develop a love for reading longer materials like novels. Various areas such as reading comprehension, vocabulary development, spelling, grammar, and writing are all entwined in this integrated approach eliminating the need for teaching these skills separately. This Novel Study provides a teacher and student section with a variety of activities, chapter questions, crossword, word search, and answer key to create a well-rounded lesson plan.