Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH is a Newberry Classic of adventure, intrigue, and truth. What I love as I read is the rats’ eager desire to learn everything possible, the simple devotion and trusting of Mrs. Frisby, and the sense of a bigger world out there than she ever knew. The rats give the sense of a misjudged race, one that rose above their circumstances and became more than anyone could fathom. The title character is one whose world was closer to the rats than she ever knew, and she becomes the heroine mother that is willing to face whatever danger for her kids.
This guide takes you chapter by chapter (there are 28 of them) through this novel and includes discussion questions, vocabulary, and mini-lessons. This easy to use format gives a synopsis, a motivation (designed to pique interest), a message (the mini-lesson itself), and my turn and vocabulary activities, many which involve art and poetry. The provided questions are designed for deeper bloom’s taxonomy thinking, rather than just basic comprehension. Through these lessons, students will analyze and evaluate plot and characters. As I always tell my students, “reading is thinking”, and these lessons are written to promote that.
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