This packet is everything you need for a novel study on "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing". This could be used for literature circles, guided reading, and more. "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" is a student favorite and is a great opportunity for students to practice making inferences and explore characters. It's at a 3rd/4th grade reading level (Guided Reading Level Q, DRA: 40, Lexile: 470L).
This guide has two parts: a student response packet and teacher’s guide. Chapters are grouped together so that each reading assignment is roughly 14 pages. For the reading assignments that contain less pages, students have more questions to respond to. Please note that the exact page numbers may vary based on the book’s edition. Therefore, page numbers are only used in the Teacher’s Guide (so not to confuse students). The page numbers referenced here are for the 2003/2007 paperback editions (that have a total of 120 pages).
There are two versions of the Student Response Packet. Both versions have identical questions. The first version (shorter one) is formatted so that there are no unnecessary page breaks (the pages are completely filled). The length of this version is 14 pages. The second version (longer one) is separated so that each reading assignment is on its own page. This may be useful if you don't want to give students the entire packet at once. The length of this version is 16 pages.
This literature packet does not focus on within text comprehension questions (i.e., listing the names of the characters, setting, etc.). Rather, it focuses on skills that require the students to go beyond the text and use evidence from the text to support their inferences. Often times there is more than one correct response. Some of the skills that are focused on are
*Making and checking predictions
*Identifying character traits and supporting these traits with examples from the text
*Analyzing the meaning of figurative language
*Comparing and contrasting life during the time that the story was written (1972) with today as well as characters’ relationships and students’ own relationships
*Determining the lesson and supporting it with evidence
*Forming opinions about the text/characters and supporting opinions with examples
The teacher’s guide contains several features:
*Possible answer choices or examples from the book that students may use to support their response to each question
*Summaries of each chapter that highlight the main events
*Word Work activities focusing on number prefixes
*3rd and 4th Grade Common Core State Standards (CCSS) correlations for each question (other grade levels are applicable as well, however, since Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is primarily at these levels, these were the standards that were focused on)
The 3rd Grade Common Core Standards addressed are
RL.3.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
RL.3.2 Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
RL.3.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
RL.3.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
RL.3.9 Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series)
RF.3.3.A Identify and know the meaning of the most common prefixes and derivational suffixes.
W.3.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
W.3.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
W.3.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
L.3.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
L.3.4.A Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
L.3.4.B Determine the meaning of the new word formed when a known affix is added to a known word (e.g., agreeable/disagreeable, comfortable/uncomfortable, care/careless, heat/preheat).
L.3.4.D Use glossaries or beginning dictionaries, both print and digital, to determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.
L.3.5.A Distinguish the literal and nonliteral meanings of words and phrases in context (e.g., take steps).
The 4th Grade Common Core Standards addressed are
RL.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
RL.4.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
RL.4.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
RL.4.6 Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.
RF.4.3.A Use combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns, and morphology (e.g., roots and affixes) to read accurately unfamiliar multisyllabic words in context and out of context.
W.4.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
W.4.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
W.4.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
W.4.9a Apply grade 4 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text [e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions].”).
L.4.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
L.4.4.A Use context (e.g., definitions, examples, or restatements in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
L.4.4.B Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., telegraph, photograph, autograph).
L.4.4.C Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print/digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.
L.4.5.B Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.