This is a collect of questions for the book, Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate. I have used it, very successfully, in my classroom to reach all kinds of learners. I use this Crenshaw close reading unit, specifically, to bridge my readers from answering largely literal questions about their reading to more inferential questions. Many of my students have special needs and need to be provided with guidelines as they write about literature, so you will see reminders about sentence structure. I have used these Crenshaw questions with my special needs readers as well as will my very capable readers and gifted students. There are questions regarding figurative language, pre-reading assignments, and chapter-by-chapter vocabulary included as well. Crenshaw is such a meaningful story about fifth-grader, Jackson, who is under some family stress, as his parents are struggling to hold several part-time jobs and to pay the rent. As a result of his stress, Jackson conjures an imaginary friend in the form of a massive, snarky feline named Crenshaw with an extremely impressive vocabulary. Crenshaw is a must read for any upper-elementary/middle school classroom.
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