This is a literature guide to A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket. This novel unit would be great for use in a literature circle or novel study group. Activities contain higher level thinking reading comprehension questions, vocabulary, as well as extension activities. A complete answer key is included in page format, so pages with answers could be printed for students with IEPs.
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The Bad Beginning is an excellent book that can be used to hook students. This is book one in a series of stories about the Baudelaire orphans who have the worst possible luck. Their parents perish in a fire, and they are sent to live with evil Count Olaf. Olaf claims to be a distant relative, but he is really after the Baudelaire fortune. Although they are treated cruelly by Count Olaf, the orphans cannot get anyone to help them. By using their unique talents, the children outwit Count Olaf in the end.
The writing style used in A Series of Unfortunate Events is very engaging, and both engaged and reluctant readers enjoy these stories. The books introduce many vocabulary words, but the author explains the words throughout the story.
The target age group for these books is grades 5 - 8.
When creating these guides, the activities are written so that they could be used as individual activities or as a packet that could be given to an independent reading group. The activities are a mix of close reading questions and engaging writing activities, such as a poster and a room prediction. Vocabulary is emphasized heavily.
This guide is broken down into chapters plus after the book activities. One chapter is covered in one day, although the classroom teacher could provide more than one class period for the activities to be completed.
If using this book as an independent work packet, copy the activities for each student and place the copies in a binder. During class, students can take the binder and easily see what they need to complete as a checklist is provided for each day. Students could be required to turn in certain activities, or the teacher could grade the activities in the binder.
If using this as a whole class activity, the teacher should simply select which activities to use and copy the desired pages.