This is a ready-to-use, 42 page packet designed for students in grades 4-7 who are reading the award-winning book, A Long Way From Chicago, by Richard Peck. It includes a student bookmark, a 24 page student booklet and answer key, plus there is a 30 point, end-of-book test and key included at the end of the packet.
The student booklet is divided into 7 reading assignments with 3 pages of questions and tasks to go with each one. The questions and tasks in this booklet cover and reinforce the skills that good readers need to understand and maintain. They include comprehension, visualizing, recognizing point-of-view, summarizing, connecting to the text, understanding idioms/metaphors/similes, identifying character traits, evaluating, and identifying the author's purpose. The booklet gives students essential practice in writing to explain their thinking and to demonstrate their understanding.
The student booklet is designed for independent work so that students may be working on this in class while the teacher is meeting with another group. In my classroom students are responsible for completing one reading assignment with the accompanying questions each week. They then meet with me, or a parent, along with the other students reading the same book (we call this a book club meeting) to discuss the book and review the assignments.
NOTE: This book has a sequel, A Year Down Yonder
, for which I also have created a novel study. Click the link to check it out!
A Long Way From Chicago in a Nutshell
In this book of historical fiction, Joey Dowdel tells about the summers he and his younger sister, Mary Alice, spent with their grandmother in her small Illinois town from 1929 to 1935. Her home was located between Chicago and St. Louis but the kids experienced a totally different life when they were with her than the one they lived back home in Chicago. The children had hilarious, hair-raising, and poignant experiences on their visits with her. Grandma was a unique character and left indelible memories on Joey's mind.
This book is appropriate for students in grades 4-8. Reading level is approximately 5th grade. It would be a great choice to promote discussions in upper elementary or middle school literature circles or within the entire classroom. Topics covered include family relationships, historical events such as the Great Depression, Prohibition, railroad expansion, crime, community life.
AWARDS: Newbery Honor Book (1999), National Book Award Finalist, ALA Notable Book.
Created by Jean Martin; revised 8/2017