This packet is everything you need for a novel study on The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Beverly Cleary). This could be used for literature circles, guided reading, and more. The Mouse and the Motorcycle is a student favorite and is a great opportunity for students to practice analyzing characters. It's at a 3rd/4th grade reading level (Guided Reading Level O).
This guide has two parts: a student response packet and teacher’s guide. Some chapters are grouped together so that each reading assignment is roughly 15 pages. For the reading assignments that contain less pages, students have more questions to respond to.
This literature packet does not focus on within text comprehension questions (i.e. listing the names of the characters, setting, etc.). Rather, it focuses on skills that require the students to go beyond the text and use evidence from the text to support their inferences. Often times there is more than one correct response. Some of the skills that are focused on are
•Using context to determine word meaning (and checking these meanings using a dictionary)
•Identifying character traits and supporting these traits with examples from the text
•Characters’ (or the authors’) motivations
•Making justifiable predictions and checking them
•Analyzing the events in the book to identify a theme and lesson
The teacher’s guide contains several features:
•For each question: possible answer choices or examples from the book that students may use to support their response
•Summaries of each chapter that highlight the main events
•3rd and 4th Grade Common Core State Standards (CCSS) correlations for each question (other grade levels are applicable as well)
The 3rd Grade Common Core Standards addressed are
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.2 Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.1.b Provide reasons that support the opinion.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.4.a Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.4.d Use glossaries or beginning dictionaries, both print and digital, to determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.5.a Distinguish the literal and nonliteral meanings of words and phrases in context (e.g., take steps).
The 4th Grade Common Core Standards addressed are
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.9a Apply grade 4 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text [e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions].”).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 4 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.4.a Use context (e.g., definitions, examples, or restatements in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.4.c Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.