Beverly Cleary is best know for her Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins series of books. Muggie Maggie is a departure from her characters who live on Klickitat Street. Like all of her books, however, this one is written from the point of view of its main character, a third grade girl who is determined never to learn how to write in cursive. How she is finally convinced to do so makes the plot of this true-to-life story one with which any child could identify.
This literature unit provides the 3rd through 6th grade reader with vocabulary worksheets that rate their familiarity with important words before and after reading. It intersperses opportunities to predict what will happen in upcoming chapters as they read. Each chapter is capped by a set of comprehension questions that ask the student to recall details, draw conclusions, and 'translate' figures of speech using context clues. At the end of the unit, there is a story map in which the reader must summarize the book's main events. There is also a character comparison worksheet which allows the reader to speculate how he or she may or may not be the same as Maggie. This is an 18 page unit which enhances the reader's appreciation and enjoyment of Ms. Cleary's delightful story. An answer key is provided with this download.