This is a ready-to-use, fifty-two page packet designed for use with students in grades 4-8 who are reading the Newbery Award Medal winner, A Year Down Yonder, by Richard Peck. The packet includes student vocabulary bookmarks, a twenty two page student booklet including an answer key, a 20-point, end-of-book test and key, and a listing of Common Core Standards supported in the student booklet.
The student booklet divides the text into four reading assignments with three 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 and writers need to maintain. They include:
compare & contrast
character identification and traits
identifying important quotations
observation of change in characters
providing evidence from the text
figurative language (idioms, personification, similes, hyperbole)
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. With the exception of the cover, the materials are in black and white or grayscale to make for less costly copying/printing.
Graphics are by ForrestMartin.net (cover), www.Doverpublications.com, www.misstiina.com (frames p.3), and www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kpm-Doodles (frame p.16).
A Year Down Yonder in a nutshell:
This book is a sequel to A Long Way From Chicago
(click the link to see my novel study for that book). In this book of historical fiction, it is 1937 and Mary Alice is now in high school. She begrudgingly goes to live with Grandma Dowdel when her parents can no longer afford their small apartment and are forced to move into a "housekeeping room". Unfortunately, brother Joey won't be coming since he has gone off with his Civilian Conservation Corps job. Mary Alice's year with Grandma turns out to be full of adventures and life-changing events that will have students on the edge of their seats!
This Newbery Medal Book (2000) is appropriate for students in grades 4-8. Reading level is approximately 5th grade.
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