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  • Worksheet for character understanding, chapter-by-chapter summary questions, comprehension questions, and writing prompts to go with Patricia MacLachlan's Newbery-winning tale of a woman who cares for a widower and his children in the turn-of-the-century midwest.
  • "When the two main characters initially meet, what is the source of conflict?" This page of questions can be applied to almost any romance book (from Jane Austen to Meg Cabot). An excellent checklist for book reports, these questions are also a good way to check student comprehension.
  • Vocabulary and comprehension exercises enhance the book by Helen Frost.
  • Chapter-by-chapter comprehension review of the popular Newbery honor book by Kate DiCamillo about a Florida town, a lonely girl, and the stray dog that changes everything. This is one of many Newbery book lessons on our member site.
  • An introduction to the famous Grimm brothers, the source of their stories and their motivations for collecting them, and a reflection on the stories' resonance today are all presented in this reading comprehension.
  • Enhance Pearl S. Buck's story of a Japanese tsunami with vocabulary review comprehension questions and creative writing prompts.
  • "In what ways does the setting of the movie differ from how it was presented in the book?" Many popular children's books are being made into films-- this list of questions helps students develop critical thinking skills while comparing the two media.
  • The pages for this book unit include: 1 page of background information and suggested activities and discussion topics; a writing activity on moving to a new country; a writing activity about a time when you felt that you were different from others; an story boarding activity; a compare and contrast activity including Venn Diagram; templates for differentiated activities choices; and templates for rubrics and scoring student work; a word search and answer key. (11 pages)
  • Review Walter Dean Myer's story of a World War II soldier, from the "My Name is America" series. Includes story sequencing, multiple choice comprehension questions, grammar review, and more. Common Core:ELA: Reading Literature: RL.5.3

  • Vocabulary and comprehension exercises enhance the Helen Frost book.
  • The texts for six of Grimm's stories (The Frog King, Bearskin, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, King Thrushbeard, and Cinderella), translated into English from the original German. Available to accompany our "Grimm Stories" unit, or just for entertaining reading.
  • Vocabulary and comprehension exercises enhance the book by Helen Frost.
  • "What tasks must the hero accomplish?" This page of questions can be applied to almost any fantasy/adventure book. An excellent checklist for book reports, these questions are also a good way to check student comprehension.
  • This mini-unit uses Shel Silverstein's popular poem as a jump-off point to creative and letter writing, and to assessing the elements of poetry. The food pyramid, biodegradable products, journal prompts... a towering pile of great ideas.