Grade 7 Up-Disinterested driver's ed teacher Mr. Fielding views his class as indistinguishable brainless clones. In order to keep them straight, he distributes name tags, and then calls out three lucky participants each day to go out on the road. Of course, the students are way ahead of him, and just exchange name tags whenever anyone wants a chance behind the wheel. Remy loves to drive, and she constantly trades tags with other girls. One night, she and a perspective love interest, Morgan, accept a class challenge to collect road signs, recruiting an older boy to drive. The expedition goes without a hitch- until they learn that a young mother has been killed at the intersection from which they have stolen a stop sign. The whole community is up in arms, and the grieving widower appears on TV with his son, offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the vandals. Remy and Morgan are filled with remorse and guilt as their lives are turned upside down. Mr. Fielding, in a rare act of awareness, nearly accuses a different student of the crime because of the switched name tags. Both young people realize that they have to take responsibility for their actions and confess.
This book report includes a seven page guided response worksheet. There are a total of 47 short answer questions for the student to complete as he reads the novel. It can be used as a whole group activity while reading the book.
Because many students abhorred traditional book reports, especially at-risk students, I developed a guided reading response sheet for designated books required each semester that were personal reads. This assignment offers page numbers so that students can easily find answers. When students learn the skill to identify answers, state test scores rise. These guided responses increased grade level scores yearly for students who completed them.