The book is an unusual genre known as epistolary. The word comes from the Greek term meaning "message" or "letter." An epistolary novel is a story told exclusively through letters, emails, newspaper articles and other primary sources. The story is about fifth grade students who, while doing research on their town's history, solve a thirty year old mystery. Regarding the Fountain by Kate Klise is "a hilarious chronicle, in letters, cards, transcripts, and official town documents, as collected by Mr. Sam N.'s fifth-grade class." This novel study packet contains:
*Student packet of questions to be done individually or in groups includes:
Vocabulary work: using context clues/use dictionary
Answering questions using evidence from the text
Describe how different texts fit together to tell a story
*Set of vocabulary/definition cards for matching game
*Who Said It? Card Game
*Comprehension questions File Folder Game
*Multiple choice quiz
*Vocabulary matching quiz
*Final project with rubric – design a postage stamp
Your students will soon realize that something fishy is going on in Dry Creek. The visual variety of the text will appeal to reluctant readers. Also enjoyable are the pun-y names: Principal Wally Russ (walrus), his secretary Goldie Fisch, Sally Mander, and teacher Sam N. (salmon). Author Kate Klise and her sister-illustrator, M. Sarah Klise, obviously had fun working together on this book, and the fun comes through the clever mix of engaging text and interesting illustrations.
Regarding the Fountain has been chosen as one of 2016-2017's Battle of the Books texts for grades 4-6.
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Regarding the Fountain is considered a multi‐genre novel. Klise
uses several different types of writing to tell the story; it is not written in the common narrative form.
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