Kids Wings presents: ANY SMALL GOODNESS, A Novel of the Barrio by Tony Johnston
Living in an East Los Angeles barrio may not sound like much fun to you. It probably makes you think of poor people, gangs, and freeway chases, but that's because you haven't yet met Arturo Rodriquez. Arturo is quick to spot any small goodness...and there are many. His Mexican-American family is one small goodness that provides laughter, love, and tradition, and security in a sometimes dangerous world of the Mexican immigrant. There are other small goodnesses...a coach, a librarian, the cat, the band, and hot peppers.
Sprinkled with full pocho (Spanish-English mix), Arturo's story tells of any...and many...small goodnesses that make his life vibrantly alive with respect, compassion, laughter, and dreams for the future. As he travels through his mountains and valleys, he watches for people he wants to be like and ways he, too, can pass on any small goodness to others.
Come fill your cup with goodness by reading Tony Johnston's book, ANY SMALL GOODNESS!
Activities in this Kids Wings literature guide for Any Small Goodness were written by Master Teacher Suzy Red and come to you in both PowerPoint and PDF formats for excellence and ease in projection and printing. Activities in this unit include:
Filling Arturo’s Cup
Dialectical Journal--Working in pairs or independently
Making Connections, A Pre- and Post-Reading Chapter Discussion Guide
Five in a Row Vocabulary Game for Pairs
Comprehension Check-Multiple Choice, Illustrate, and Short Answer
Vocabulary Goodness Crossword Puzzle
Mami’s Gift-Multiple Choice and Short Answer Comprehension
Improving Fluency--Pronouncing and Understanding Spanish Words
Arturo’s Voice-Adding Expression
A Song of the Barrio--Summarize Arturo's Life in Verses of a Song
A Delightful Winning Composition: "The Writing Contest"--with Multiple Choice Check-up
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