In “Along Came Spider,” Spider Stevens and Trey Cooper have lived next door to each other their entire lives. Although the book never says that Trey has Asperger’s Syndrome, it is apparent to those familiar with the condition. It didn't matter when they were little kids. And it doesn't matter so much when they're at home on Maple Street. That's just Trey being Trey. But it matters in the fifth grade. The whole class thinks Trey is weird. Does that mean Spider has to turn his back on his oldest friend?
This book is written at a 4.2 grade equivalence level.
This novel study includes chapter-by chapter comprehension and inference questions, as well as opportunities for students to create their own higher level questions to bring to book group discussions. A scoring rubric is included that can be used to help students reflect and improve on their written responses to reading. These can easily be changed to meet the needs of your students and your teaching.
At the end of the comprehension questions, you will find 70 related activities for this book. With hands-on activities, students are encouraged to be engaged thinkers and problem-solvers. These projects can be used with the whole group, small groups, and/or individuals, and are especially helpful in differentiating for diverse learners.
Related Common Core Standards for reading (literature) and writing are listed.