One of the things I do with my class during reading time is to involve them in longer extended texts. We might do this whole class, or in small groups. I usually read it aloud as they follow along in their own copies, or shared copies. We then have discussions and debate themes as we read.
The Homework Machine is a unique book because it is written in 'perspective' from varying characters. The tale of four children who band together to keep a secret of a machine that does their homework. It is rife with turmoil as things get out of hand. They end up giving their statements in the Grand Canyon Police Office.
I've created this pdf formatted pack that will help your students engage even deeper with the text. It includes the following and more:
*Book club instructions with job descriptions
*Book club recording sheets
*Prewriting activities to do before reading the book
*Whole book activities to assess comprehension (compare/contrast, inferring meaning, debating homework)
*9 Constructed / 3 Extended response questions for use throughout the novel
*Individual Chapter quizzes with vocabulary work with Answer Key
*Page Numbers included where words are found in text
*Final Exam with Answer Key
**Disclaimer: The slides include a title page, teacher instruction page, table of contents page, and a page at the end for selling purposes.