This 27 page packet is designed for teachers to use with students in grades 4-6 as they read Shoeless Joe & Me by Dan Gutman. Included is a 20 page student booklet plus an answer key. The student booklet is divided into six reading assignments with questions and tasks to go with each one. The questions and tasks in this booklet cover and reinforce the skills that good readers and writers need to understand and maintain. These include comprehension, visualization, point-of-view, summarizing, connecting to the text, author's purpose, and fact versus fiction. There is also a vocabulary bookmark and crossword puzzle. The packet gives students lots of practice in writing to explain their thinking and to demonstrate their understanding. Created by Jean Martin.
The student booklet is designed for independent work so that students can work on this in class while the teacher is meeting with another group. In my classroom students were responsible for completing one reading assignment with the accompanying questions/activities each week. I gave them three, 40 minute periods per week to complete one assignment. They would then meet once a week with me (or an aide or a parent), along with the other students reading the same book (we called this a "book club" meeting) to discuss the book and review the assignments.
Customize the use of this packet as you wish. What worked for me, may not be what works best for you. For example, instead of using this as class work, the packet could also be used as homework. Also, instead of creating a booklet, the pages can be copied and handed out singly as separate assignments.
Also, if you are interested in having a collection of baseball novel studies, I have another product called Baseball Bundled
. This consists of seven separate baseball novel studies that I have created to use with students in grades 4-8 who are reading baseball themed novels. Included are novel studies for:
1) Heat, by Mike Lupica
2) Babe and Me, by Dan Gutman
3) Keeping Score, by Linda Sue Park
4) Shoeless Joe and Me, by Dan Gutman
5) The Big Field, by Mike Lupica
6) The Boy Who Saved Baseball, by John H. Ritter
7) The Lucky Baseball Bat, by Matt Christopher.
Shoeless Joe and Me in a nutshell:
This book is a great choice for baseball fans and historical fiction lovers. Joe Stoshack has his unique ability to travel back in time to revisit Shoeless Joe Jackson's 1919 World Series Game in Cincinnatti. His lofty goal was to try to prevent the Black Sox Scandal from ever taking place and to allow Shoeless Joe his rightful place in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Readers will learn about life in 1919, will be immersed in baseball lore, and will gain an appreciation for the expression, "Life isn't always fair".
Appropriate for students in grades 4-6. Reading level approximately 5th grade.
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