This is a ready-to-use, 47 page packet designed for teachers to use with students in grades 4-7 who are reading Because of Mr. Terupt, by Rob Buyea. It includes a 25 page student workbook (plus answer key) in addition to optional vocabulary lists for the teacher's use.
The student workbook divides the text into five reading assignments of 40-50 pages each. The booklet begins with student pages for note-taking as they read. With each assignment are 2-3 pages of activities that go along with the text. They include recognizing literary crafts (simile, allusion, idiom, foreshadow), setting, recognizing point-of-view, explaining one’s thinking, clarifying, demonstrating comprehension, understanding author’s purpose/theme, and identifying character traits. The workbook also gives students essential practice in constructing written responses.
The student booklet is designed to support Common Core State Standards. It is also designed to be independent work thus allowing students to have directed, meaningful work while the teacher is working on small group or individual instruction. The teacher can determine the length of time students will be given to complete one assignment: it will likely range from one week to two weeks depending on whether students work entirely in class or also at home. Also, the teacher could use the booklet as a guide for a parent or an aide as they direct a student book club or conduct small group discussions of the book. Questions and tasks in the workbook are intended to prompt high level thinking and quality group discussions.
BECAUSE OF MR. TERUPT in a Nutshell:
Published in 2010, this is a first book for Rob Buyea. And what a book it is!
“It’s our bad luck to have teachers in this world, but since we’re stuck with them, the best we can do is hope to get a brand new one instead of a mean old fart,” states fifth grader, Peter, on the first day of school that fateful year. Each student in the class has his/her own viewpoint on what makes school good or bad and each student comes with his/her own life story. Readers will come to know and love seven diverse students and their teacher as they tell the story of this memorable year that ended up changing so many lives. Easy to read; hard to put down...this book is a powerful read for middle grade students (and older).