This is a ready-to-use, 32 page packet of materials created for students in grades 3-6 as they read the novel, Emily's Runaway Imagination, by Beverly Cleary. It includes a 22 page student booklet designed to reinforce essential reading, thinking, and writing skills for students in grades 3-6. Skills include summarizing, visualizing, connecting to the text, inferring, explaining, general comprehension, and vocabulary. Also included is an answer key for use by the teacher or aide and a biography of Beverly Cleary.
The student booklet is divided into nine reading assignments (one for each chapter) with questions and activities that go with each chapter. To create individual student booklets, just copy and give three staples to the left side. The booklet is designed for independent work so that students may be working on this in class while the teacher is meeting with another group. Students could also be given these assignments as homework. In my class, students would meet once a week with me (or an aide 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 the assignments.
Customize the use of this packet as you wish. What worked for me, may not be what works best for you. Created by Jean Martin
Emily's Runaway Imagination in a nutshell:
Written by award winning author, Beverly Cleary, this is a delightful book to use with students who are learning about life in the early 1900s in the U.S. when automobiles were a brand new invention! The story provides the reader with a window on daily, small town life in Pitchfork, Oregon (located in Yamhill County, Oregon where the author grew up) before the luxuries that have become an integral part of modern life in the 2000s. Many of the events in the story are patterned after Cleary's own childhood.
Emily is a lively, down-to-earth girl who has great adventures (including bleaching a horse and seeing a ghost) and seems to have the same basic wants and needs as any modern day child. The reader becomes so attached to this endearing girl that it seems like losing a good friend when the last chapter ends.
Appropriate for students in grades 3-6. Reading level approximately 4th grade.
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