The setting of this renowned novel is in Mississippi during the Great Depression. It tells the story of the Logan family, an independent, hard-working African-American family, who are locked in a desperate struggle to survive during hard times and try to keep the 400 acre farm passed down to them by Grandpa Logan. The story is told through the eyes of 10-year-old Cassie who witnesses segregation, lynch mobs, and the social and economic hardships endured by the black people of the area. A very compelling novel that deals with racism and its effects on people. Reproducible chapter questions, plus comprehension questions, a story summary, author biography, creative and cross curricular activities, complete with answer key.
Rob Horton is a young boy whose mother has recently died. His father uproots him from everything he knows and takes him to Lister, Florida to live in a seedy motel. Rob keeps all of his emotions locked up inside and will not share his feelings with anyone. When ugly red blisters appear on Rob's legs at school, the principal fears it is a contagious infection and sends him home. On his way home, while walking through the misty Florida woods, Rob is shocked to find a real-life tiger pacing back and forth in a cage. On the same day, Rob meets Sistine Bailey, a girl who is outgoing and readily displays her feelings. Reproducible chapter questions, plus comprehension questions, a story summary, author biography, creative and cross curricular activities, complete with answer key.
Expose your students to the hardships of poverty and the power that comes with family. Multi-leveled questions and prompts will have students digging deeper while making connections. Investigate the setting to determine what is already known about the historic country of France. Explain what is ironic about Armand's words to the pigeons. Recall what was read by completing a paragraph from the novel with its missing words. Predict what will happen with the children's request to Father Christmas after a cliffhanger. Research information on Provence, Saint Sara or the Tournelle Bridge and create a report with interesting facts on these places mentioned in the novel. Complete an analysis of the novel, detailing the conflict, setting, point of view and theme, among others. Aligned to your State Standards and written to Bloom's Taxonomy, additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included. About the Novel: The Family Under the Bridge is a Newbery Honor winning story about the Calcet family—a mother and her three children—who end up living under a bridge on the Seine River. Here, they befriend the carefree Parisian hobo, Armand. When two nosy women appear at their makeshift home, and it appears that the authorities have been summoned, Armand takes the family to live with a community of gypsies. Here, they are befriended and their relationship with the old hobo deepens. After promising the children a new home for Christmas, Armand decides his only option is to seek employment, and he manages to get a job as the caretaker of an apartment building, which offers the family a place to stay. Here, they determine to live as one big family, with Armand serving as the grandfather the children never had.
Based on the true-life stories of women in Afghan refugee camps, The Breadwinner is an engrossing novel that delves into the harsh realities of life for girls and women in Afghanistan under Taliban rule. Eleven-year-old Parvana and her family have rarely been outdoors for a year and a half. No longer can she or her siblings attend school, or play outdoors. The family's situation becomes perilous when Parvana's father is taken away to jail. It is then that Parvana is forced to take on the responsibility of being the Breadwinner for her small family. disguised as a boy, Parvana goes out to the marketplace each day to offer her skills as a reader. Here Parvana realizes a freedom that she has not known in a long time. But will she be safe? Reproducible chapter questions, plus comprehension questions, a story summary, author biography, creative and cross curricular activities, complete with answer key.
The Tale of Despereaux is three unforgettable stories all rolled into one. First, it is the tale of Despereaux Tilling, a courageous, but tiny mouse, who lives in a castle, and falls in love with a princess banished by his own family to the castle dungeon. Next, it is about a rather disturbed rat named Roscuro, who is obsessed with light. Finally, it is about a young girl named Miggery Sow who longs to be a princess. Reproducible chapter questions, plus comprehension questions, a story summary, author biography, creative and cross curricular activities, complete with answer key.
It is 1935 and Moose Flanagan's dad has just been hired to work as an electrician on Alcatraz Island, home to the most famous prison in the United States. What is worse, Moose's whole family is moving to the island to take up residence next door to Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly, and a host of other notorious convicts. Complicating an already dicey situation is Moose's autistic sister, Natalie, whom the family is trying desperately to have enrolled in the Esther P. Marinoff School. Moose is given more and more responsibility in looking after his sister, and helping her to be accepted by his friends. When the school rejects Natalie for the second time, Moose writes Al Capone a letter to see if the famous gangster can pull a few strings to help the family out. Will he? Reproducible chapter questions, plus comprehension questions, a story summary, author biography, creative and cross curricular activities, complete with answer key.64 pages.
The adventures of Claudia Kincaid, a precocious 11 year old, and her younger brother at a national museum and a grand mansion will motivate your students interest while completing the various activities in this Lit Link. Chapter-by-chapter questions will strengthen students' reading comprehension and assist them in developing critical thinking and emotional development. The vocabulary and word study activities are designed to improve literacy skills in an enjoyable way. Novel by E.L. Konigsburg. Plus a story summary, author biography, and answer key. 64 pages About the Novel Claudia is a young girl who feels she is under-appreciated by her parents and decides to run away from home with her younger brother. They set up temporary residence in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. There they encounter a beautiful statue of an angel with mysterious origins. They soon discover that many experts believe the piece to have been sculptured by the famous artist, Michelangelo. The children decide to make it their mission to discover the true origins of this masterpiece. This mission takes them to the previous owner, the rich and eccentric Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler who allows the children only one hour to search through her files to find out the answer to the mystery.
Enter a world of supernatural beings and prophecies to learn that there's no destiny but the one you make for yourself. Thought-provoking questions offer students the opportunity to apply comprehension skills. Students explore what makes a good villain and why a mysterious and forbidding atmosphere is so effective. Put the events of Scarlett and Bod's meeting in the correct order. Investigate Victor Hugo's life and famous novels. Write a synopsis of Bod's ill-fated encounter with Abanazer Bolger. Interview classmates on their impressions of the novel. Students translate popular clichés depicted in the novel into their own words. Complete a literature analysis by identifying the setting, conflict, climax, and point of view on a series of tombstones. Aligned to your State Standards, additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included. About the Novel: The Graveyard Book is the Newbery Medal-winning story of a young boy’s escape from fate and discovery of his destiny. Bod Owens is anything but a nobody. Orphaned as a baby when his entire family was murdered, Bod is adopted by two ghosts in a cemetery where he now lives. Here he is nurtured and protected by a fascinating array of ghostly neighbors including his guardian, Silas—a strange creature who is not limited to remaining in the cemetery, unlike the other inhabitants. Years later, the man who murdered Bod’s family returns to finish the job. In the exciting climax, we learn the secret of Bod’s misfortune and his involvement in a mysterious prophecy, and then discover where his unusual life will rest.
Explore the power of the mind and how anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Challenge students by expanding their vocabulary and testing their comprehension with writing prompts and assessment questions. Test comprehension with multiple choice questions that explores the character of Matilda. Expand your character study by reflecting on Matilda's view of C.S. Lewis' novels, and what she considers to be a drawback in them. Show understanding of tricky words from the book by matching them to sentences where they make the most sense. Conduct an interview with a partner to find out what they think of the novel. Compare physical and character attributes of two people from the story in a Compare/Contrast chart. Aligned to your State Standards and written to Bloom's Taxonomy, additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included. About the Novel: Matilda is the charming story of a very unusual little girl who, despite having two very horrible parents, learns how to read by the age of three. There are many other things about Matilda that are very special. She can solve arithmetic problems very quickly in her head, and she can move things about with the power of thought. Despite all of this she is a most pleasant little girl who is well liked by her classmates and by her wonderful teacher, Miss Honey. Matilda discovers the headmistress of the school, Miss Trunchbull, is actually Miss Honey‘s aunt and has cheated her out of her inheritance. Matilda sets her mind to work, and in the end Miss Honey recovers her stolen inheritance and adopts Matilda.
Experience the fear and danger of World War II as one girl risks her life to save her Jewish friend. High-quality, detailed questions and support materials go beyond the typical drill questions. Find proof from the text that shows Mama is determined and quick-thinking. Put events at the end of World War II in order that they happened in the novel. Find examples of foreshadowing in the story and explain what it may be hinting at. Match vocabulary words to their underlined synonyms in the sentences. Create questions for the game Jeopardy using information from the story. Conduct an interview with one of the characters from the book with questions and the character's response. Aligned to your State Standards, additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included. About the Novel: A story of a ten-year-old girl, her family and their courageous journey to save the lives of their Jewish friends. During the darkest days of World War II living in Copenhagen, ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen is caught up in these unfolding historical events when she learns that the life of her best friend—Ellen Rosen—is in danger. The Rosens go into hiding and Annemarie’s parents volunteer to take Ellen into their home until the voyage to the safe country of Sweden can be arranged. Annemarie is thrust into several perilous adventures as she does the utmost to save the lives of the Rosens. Annemarie’s courage and ingenuity are severely tested as she is forced to confront German soldiers intent on killing her friend.