This literature plan was specifically designed for low readers in 7th grade with a focus on Jack Gantos' style of writing, as opposed to focusing on the details of the plot. You will find many of the worksheets are specifically designed so that the student can begin to make connections between an author's style of writing and how an author creates character or conflict through his or her style of writing.
Since the Language Arts curriculum in Maryland does not place much emphasis on memorization of the details of the text, this unit plan does not focus on every tiny detail of Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, rather, it focuses on Gantos' style of writing. Therefore, there are only two assessments which check for comprehension and one assessment which measures the student's understanding of figurative language, imagery, and word choice. This being the case, the chapter worksheets do require modeling and teaching in order to provide the opportunity for students to understand the key concepts being taught.