“26 Fairmount Avenue” is a humorous autobiographical account of Tomie dePaola’s childhood, centered on the building of his family’s new house during the 1930s. Each short chapter is also a slice-of-life view of young Tomie’s world: witnessing a hurricane, a disillusioning first day of kindergarten, a much anticipated theater trip to see Disney’s Snow White, and holiday gatherings. (Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI)
This book is written at 3.8 grade reading level, but the large print and writing style makes this book “an easier read” than its reported reading level.
This novel study includes chapter-by chapter comprehension and inference questions, as well as opportunities for students to create their own higher-level question to bring to book group discussions.
A scoring rubric is included that can be used to help students reflect and improve on their written responses to reading. This can easily be changed to meet the needs of your students and your teaching.
At the end of the comprehension questions, you will find over 80 related activities for this book. These activities can be used with your whole class, small groups, or individual students. They are especially helpful in differentiating for diverse learners.
Related Common Core Standards for reading (literature) and writing are included.
An answer key is included.