The Martian Novel Study



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This novel study aligns with the Classroom Edition of The Martian by Andy Weir.

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

This novel study was created to be used in the secondary science classroom with a major focus on science vocabulary and reading comprehension.

  • No-prep, and extremely user-friendly, this novel study is perfect for the whole class, small group, or independent study.
  • Perfect for distance learning. Both print and digital versions are available so students can access the digital version from home or school.
  • Excellent for school OR homeschool. No-prep and so easy for teachers, parents, and students to follow!

The Martian Novel Study is broken down into word study and comprehension sections as well as a final project and a movie guide that goes with The Martian:

  • Before You Read p 3
  • Word Study: Chapters 1-3 pp 4-10
  • Word Study: Chapter 4-6 pp 11-15
  • Word Study: Chapters 7 pp 16-18
  • Chapter 8: The Solar System p 19-20
  • Word Study: Chapter 9-11 pp 21-25
  • Chapter 12 p 26
  • Word Study: Chapters 13-15 pp 27-30
  • Word Study: Chapters 16-18 pp 31-35
  • Chapter 19: p 36
  • Word Study: Chapters 20-23 pp 37-41
  • Chapters 24-25 p 42
  • Chapter 26 p 43-44
  • Final Project Option p 45

Movie Guide also included with multiple choice questions that follow along with the movie.

*Answer key is also included.


The Martian Product details:

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ballantine Books; Classroom Edition (May 3, 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0804189358
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0804189354
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 680L