A Novel Study for The Thing About Georgie, by Lisa Graff

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This is a 41 page, ready-to-use packet created by Jean Martin is intended for teachers to use with students in grades 3-6 who are reading The Thing About Georgie, by Lisa Graff. Included are:
1) Teacher Tips with website resources
2) Reading Literature Common Core State Standards addressed in this packet
3) a vocabulary bookmark master
4) a 21-page student booklet
5) an answer key

The student booklet divides the text into SIX reading assignments of about 35 pages each with questions and activities to go with each one; this can function as a guided reading tool. Most students should be able to work independently on this while the teacher is meeting with another group, though it may also be used as homework or as partner work if differentiation is needed. A reasonable goal would be for students to complete one reading assignment and the accompanying tasks each week. Weekly meetings with teacher (or parent/aide) and students in order to discuss and review the assignments is a good practice (my classes call this a book club meeting).

The questions and tasks in this booklet cover and reinforce the skills that good readers need to understand and maintain. The tasks support the CCSS. The skills addressed include demonstrating comprehension, summarizing, identifying character traits, inferring, recognizing figurative language (simile, hyperbole, personification, idiom, and onomatopoeia), understanding mood, point-of-view, determining theme, and noticing how a character changes during the course of the story. The packet also gives students many opportunities for practice in writing to explain their thinking and to demonstrate their understanding. Except for the cover, the booklet appears in black and white to take into account tight school budgets and the higher cost of copying & printing in color.

NOTE: The original purchaser of this document is granted permission to copy this for teaching purposes only. If you are NOT the original purchaser, please download the item from my store before making any copies. Redistributing, editing, selling, or posting this item or any part thereof on the Internet are strictly prohibited without first gaining permission from the author. Violations are subject to the penalties of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Please contact me at jabmartin@aol.com if you wish to be granted special permission.

The Thing About Georgie in a nutshell:

This is an insightful story illustrating the importance of looking beyond the physical disability of a person to the realization that a disability does not define a person. Georgie is a fourth grader who is also a dwarf. He wrestles with all the same fears as other young people: he feels left-out as the new student strikes up a friendship with his best friend; he wonders how a new baby in his house will change his own position in the family; he gets a crush on a pretty girl; and he worries about his appearance.

Content is intended for students in grades 3-7. Reading level approximately 4th grade.

HONORS: this book appears on at least ten state reading lists!
• Bluestem Children's Choice Award Master List (Illinois) 2013
• Cochecho Readers Master List (New Hampshire) 2009-2010
• Georgia Children's Book Award Nominee 2008-2009
• Maine Student Book Award Nominee 2008-2009
• Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Master List 2008-2009
• Maud Hart Lovelace Master List (Minnesota) 2009-2010
• Nutmeg Book Award Nominee (Connecticut) 2011
• Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Master List (Illinois) 2010
• Sunshine State Young Readers Master List (Florida) 2008-2009
• Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2008-2009
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