In “Pleasing the Ghost,” nine year old Dennis has been seeing ghosts - lots of ghosts. They blow in on the breeze, visit for a while, and fly off again. But one night the ghost of his Uncle Arvie floats in the window and asks Dennis to do three favors for him. Dennis loves having his uncle around again, but there's still one ghost he's longing to see. Perhaps on the next ghost wind . . .
Master storyteller Sharon Creech has woven a wonderfully funny, romantic tale. Arvie's eccentric antics and wonderful word play keep the reader laughing, but at its tender heart, the story reveals the holes left in our lives when we lose the ones we love. (from Amazon.com)
This book is written at a 4.8 grade equivalence level, but large print and a fairly short book (89 pages) make this an easier read.
This novel study includes chapter-by chapter comprehension and inference questions, as well as opportunities for students to create their own higher level questions to bring to book group discussions.
A scoring rubric is included that can be used to help students reflect and improve on their written responses to reading. These can easily be changed to meet the needs of your students and your teaching.
At the end of the comprehension questions, you will find 48 related activities for this book. With hands-on activities, students are encouraged to be engaged thinkers and problem-solvers. These projects can be used with the whole group, small groups, and/or individuals, and are especially helpful in differentiating for diverse learners.
Related Common Core Standards for reading (literature) and writing are listed.