Nancy Drew: The Secret of the Old Clock

Chapter Book

Bibliographic Information: Keene, Carolyn. Nancy Drew: The Secret of the Old Clock. New York: Scholastic, 1930.

Plot Description:
Nancy Drew, 18, wants to help the Turners, who are poor relatives of recently deceased Josiah Crowley. She dislikes his snobbish heirs presumptive, the Tophams. Nancy learns that Crowley hinted that the clue to his will would be found in the family clock. Burgulars broke into the family home and had stolen all the furniture, and they capture Nancy. She hides the clock and is rescued by police. Nancy later gives the Turners the clock and they receive the inheritance.

Quantitative Reading Level: Lexile: 760; Accelerated Reader: 5.4

Qualitative Reading Analysis:
This book is written in third-person, focusing on Nancy’s adventure involving the mystery. It teaches about how deserving families should be helped. The text is 5th grade reading level.

Content Area: English

Content Area Standard:

  • CCSS for Literature for K-5: #2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text; #4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes; #10 Read and comprehend literature in grade level text complexity range.
  • CCSS for Informational Text for K-5: #5 Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts; #8 Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
  • CCSS for Foundational Skills for K-5:  #4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

Curriculum suggestions:
This is a great chapter book to use in English Language Arts Curriculum. It is best suited to 3rd grade through 5th grade. It explores themes like mystery and adventure.


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