True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

September 20, 2009 at 5:04 pm 1 comment

This is a book by Avi.  It is a Newberry Honor book about a girl in the 1830s sailing from England to America, but it’s really a high-seas adventure story.

This takes the form of a notebook but there are lapbook pieces to attach to several pages.   Note: I didn’t have in mind to share this when I made it so I just grabbed graphics off the internet without considering if they were for public use.  So, I had to change them for the shared copy.  There are still just as many images, but they are just from clipart.

char1 It starts with the basics of the book: author, publisher, etc. and the child rates the book.

There is also a piece for describing the main character at the beginning of the book.


There are three pages about the story’s characters: on the good guys/bad guys pages there are pieces where inside you describe that character.

The third page is to copy quotes by a few of the characters.


Next comes three pages about the setting of the novel.  Since most of the book takes place on a boat, the second setting page is a list of places on the boat (such as captains cabin, brig, hold) and the child tells what they are.

The third page is a piece where the child copies sentences which describe the sea and staple them together and attach it to the page.


The next several pages are about the plot.  This page talks about the parts of a story, for example the climax.  There are cards in a pocket where your child writes in what the five different parts of the story were.

The next several pages are for one sentence summaries of each chapter.


This page has four pieces each with a sentence from the book.  Your child writes inside the literary device (such as simile) and write the definition (such as a comparison using like or as).  I provided a list of the devices and their definitions.

The next three pages are vocabulary where the definition or sentence is provided and your child writes which ever is not given.


The last page is a piece for descriptive words of Charlotte’s character at the end of the book.  Also a place for your child to write what he or she thought of the book (my daughter began it, “I gave it four stars because…”) and what your child would have done as the main character.

Sixteen pages are provided for you free!  Find the file for download on the right hand side.


Entry filed under: Lapbooks (and Notebooks).

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