This is a 28 page packet created by Jean Martin. Included is a 19 page student booklet with answer key in addition to a 2 page, multiple choice book test with answer key. The packet is intended for use by teachers with students in grades 5-8 who are reading Boy: Tales of Childhood, by Roald Dahl. The student booklet divides the text into five reading assignments (of approximately 35-40 pages each) with questions and tasks to go with each assignment. The booklet is designed to help students organize and understand facts about Dahl's life and to do this independently while the teacher is working with other students. The questions and tasks provide the teacher or group leader with a framework that can be used for group discussions.
This packet is a great resource to support CCSS as it promotes close, thorough reading. The questions and tasks in this booklet cover and reinforce the skills that good readers need to understand and maintain. These include comprehension, visualization, using context, practicing map skills, and increasing vocabulary. The packet also gives students needed practice in writing to explain their thinking, summarizing, and to demonstrate their understanding.
In my classroom students were responsible for completing one reading assignment with the accompanying questions each week. They would then meet with me, or a parent, along with the other students reading the same book (we called this a "book club" meeting) to discuss the book and review their assignments. Customize the use of this packet as you wish. What worked for my situation may not be what works best for you. For example, instead of using this as class work, the packet could be used as homework.
BOY Tales of Childhood in a nutshell:
Roald Dahl warns us that this book is NOT an autobiography! That is, indeed, partly true; for while he tells delightful tales from his years of growing up, he does not necessarily include all of the expected dates, names, places, and events laid out in an easy-to-digest order that we might expect to see in a true autobiography. The book provides insight in a humorous way into Dahl's life and helps the reader understand where the ideas for some of his books originated. At the same time, it offers challenging vocabulary and a window from which to view life in the early 1920s.
Ideal for students in grades 5-8. Reading level approximately 6th grade.
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