This is a ready-to-use, 46 page packet designed for teachers to use with students in grades 5-8 who are reading One for the Murphys, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. This is a powerful book to use while encouraging reading in depth. It includes a 25 page student workbook, an answer key, student vocabulary bookmarks, a list of topics for extended learning, and helpful websites.
The student workbook divides the text into six reading assignments of about 35-40 pages each. With each assignment are 4 pages of a wide variety of activities that go along with the text. They include vocabulary work, recognizing literary crafts (such as similes, palindromes, metaphors, and oxymorons), examining author’s purpose, recognizing point-of-view, summarizing, explaining one’s thinking, evaluating, demonstrating comprehension, comparing and contrasting. The workbook gives students essential practice in constructing written responses. It is designed for independent work thus allowing students to have directed work while the teacher is working on small group or individual instruction. Also, the teacher could use this 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 discussions.
The student tasks were created to align with and support ELA Common Core State Standards.
One for the Murphys, in a Nutshell:
Published in 2012, this book is Lynda Mullaly Hunt's first novel…and what an amazing book it is! No wonder that it was awarded the Tassy Walden Award for New Voices in Children's Literature, 2012.
Twelve year old Carley has suffered circumstances that force her to leave her mother and enter the world of foster care. With her new family, the Murphys, she uses all of her resources to demonstrate that she is a survivor. The underlying theme of courage is mixed with healthy doses of humor throughout the book as Carley sees the world from new eyes. This is a realistic novel that will touch the heart of every reader…and cause more than a few tears in the process!
Reading level is approximately 6th grade. Content is ideal for ages 10-17 (but, truth be told, it will appeal to adults as well).
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