Review homophones, proper nouns, prepositions, singular and plural possessive nouns, order of adjectives, coordinating conjunctions (and, but, so), the simple past tense of regular and irregular verbs, phrasal verbs, and subordinating conjunctions (after, before, once, until, when and while) within the context of Kate DiCamillo's story about a ten-year old girl who mourns the loss of her mother. She takes in a stray dog whose likeability helps her make friends in her new hometown.
Chapter by chapter, read the story aloud in class, assign a second reading at home, and then complete these exercises to review comprehension and grammar. The review is divided as follows: Chapters 1-8, 9-14 and 15-26.
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