This is a collect of questions, vocabulary, and writing activities for the book, Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo. I have used it, very successfully, in my classroom to reach all kinds of learners. I use this Raymie Nightingale close reading unit, specifically, to bridge my readers from answering largely literal questions about their reading to more inferential questions. Many of my students have special needs and need to be provided with guidelines as they write about literature, so you will see reminders about sentence structure. I have used these Raymie Nightingale questions with my special needs readers as well as will my very capable readers and gifted students. There are questions regarding figurative language, pre-reading assignments, and chapter-by-chapter vocabulary included as well. Raymie Nightingale is a meaningful story that will make such an impression on your readers. Raymie has realized that everything in the world depends on her. When her father runs away with a dental hygienist, Raymie decides that the only way to get him to return to the family requires her to enter and win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire contest. If she wins, he will see her picture in the paper and be compelled to return home. In order to win the competition, however, she will need to learn to twirl a baton. Raymie goes to the famed Ida Nee to learn to do this, and when she does, she meets Louisiana and Beverly, two girls with unique stories. As the girls work together to fulfill the various contest requirements (including doing “good deeds”), they learn more about each other, human nature, and what they actually want. Raymie Nightingale is a must read for any upper-elementary/middle school classroom.
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