Missing May Road Trip Journal Activity

Classroom in the Middle
Grade Levels
4th - 7th
Resource Type
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6 pages
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This Road Trip Journal is a follow-up activity for the novel Missing May by Cynthia Rylant. Students summarize important events in the novel as they write and illustrate key points from the story in the form of journal entries.

Included is a direction sheet for students and eight journal pages, arranged two per sheet. Students use a combination of writing, in whatever format they choose, and drawing to complete each journal page as they think Summer, the main character in Missing May would have done.

The eight pages are:

  • Title page
  • Cletus's idea and planning the trip
  • Visiting the Underwoods
  • In the car, on the way to Pastor Young's churchNovel Studies.
  • At Pastor Young's church
  • On the road, traveling back home
  • At the state capitol
  • Back home

This activity supports Reading: Literature standards, particularly extended reading and summarizing, and well as Writing standards.

The Easel version is ready for student use with directions and answer boxes.

For the complete novel study, which includes chapter questions, a before-reading activity, key idea and details activities, vocabulary activities, inferencing activities, a follow-up performance task, writing prompts, and a card game for review, see:

Missing May Novel Study

For novel studies and free activities for other great middle-grade novels, see: Novel Studies.

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Total Pages
6 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.


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