This literature packet provides a close reading guide for the book "Off and Running" by Gary Soto. The common core reading standards are integrated throughout. You can use it whole class, with guided reading groups, as literature circles, or as an independent study. The student packet includes vocabulary, Spanish vocabulary, and comprehension questions for each chapter that can be used as an assessment or as a jumping off point for discussions. There are also an assortment of response choices and an answer key.