Arthur, For the Very First Time is written at 4.25 grade reading level. The story features ten year old Arthur Rasby, who starts out having the worst summer of his life when he is sent to stay with his Great-Aunt Elda and Great-Uncle Wrisby. His world is turned upside down. His aunt and uncle do things Arthur's parents would never do -- like climbing out windows to sit in trees, singing to their pet pig, and speaking French to a pet chicken. Life on the farm is sometimes wonderful, sometimes terrible. Arthur begins to understand there is more than one way of seeing and doing and loving. And he realizes there's a whole world just waiting to be discovered. (taken from Amazon)
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 60 related activities for this book. These projects can be used with your whole group, with small groups, and/or with individuals. They are especially helpful in differentiating for diverse learners.
Related Common Core Standards for reading (literature) and writing are listed.