This is a 30 page, ready-to-use packet. Included is a 22 page student booklet, a bookmark for logging vocabulary words, and an answer key. The student booklet is designed for students in grades 4-8 to use while reading Notes From a Liar and Her Dog, by Gennifer Choldenko. It divides the text into seven reading assignments with questions and tasks to go with each one. Most questions require thoughtful written responses. Skills reinforced include comprehension, visualization, point-of-view, summarizing, connecting to the text, inferring, and identifying the setting. The booklet is ideal for independent work, enabling students to be working on this in class while the teacher is meeting with another group.
In my classroom students were responsible for completing one reading assignment with the accompanying questions each week. They would then meet with me, or a parent, along with the other students reading the same book (we called this a "book club meeting") to discuss the book and review their assignments. Customize the use of this packet as you wish. What worked for me, may not be what works best for you. For example, instead of using this as class work, the reading and writing assignments could be used as homework. Also, instead of creating a booklet, the pages can be copied and handed out singly as separate assignments. If you have readers who are quite challenged by the work, you might differentiate by having them do partner reading and complete tasks together. The possibilities are many.
Notes from a Liar and Her Dog in a nutshell:
Antonia is a 6th grader who feels different from the other members in her family. She often resorts to lying and feels the only ones to truly understand her are her dog, Pistachio, and her best friend, Harrison. This is a tender story of growing up and struggling to find one's place in the family and it makes the reader think about the relationships of family and friends. Readers will laugh and cry and will think critically about family relationships while reading this powerful book.
Appropriate for students in grades 4-8. Reading level is approximately 5th grade.
Created by Jean Martin.
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