Introduction: Before beginning the Absolutely Normal Chaos class novel, give each student a Tic-Tac-Toe board. Discuss each of the options listed on the board. Explain to students that they will be reading Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech as a class novel. The Tic-Tac-Toe exercises will be due when students have finished reading the book.
Background of the Novel: Absolutely Normal Chaos, is a popular children’s or young-adult novel by Sharon Creech. The novel revolves around Mary Lou Finney, a girl who is not in the least bit excited about her summer assignments—keeping a summer journal and reading The Odyssey. Mary Lou’s crowded house becomes more crowded when a cousin, Carl Ray, comes to stay with the Finney family. As the novel unfolds, Mary Lou learns about love and how, in life, things are not always as they appear.
• Class set of Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech
• Tic-Tac-Toe board (1 per student)
• Drawing paper or mini-poster boards
• 3X5 index cards
I hope your students enjoy this differentiated project that supplements your other novel study lessons.
Duration: Students will work on this, along with other activities you plan, over the 2-3 weeks it takes to complete a novel study.
- Tonya Davis
Absolutely Normal Chaos
by Tonya Davis
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