Whether you call this story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” or “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” you and your students will have fun with Mark Twain’s classic story.
You can do as many or as few of the worksheets and activities as you want. Some can be assigned as homework. Depending on what you read in class or assign students to read out of class and how many of the activities you do in class or assign students to do out of class, it can take several days to complete this lesson.
If you do the entire unit, your students will
• Complete pre-reading vocabulary worksheet.
• Take a pre-reading vocabulary quiz. (with KEY)
• Read a short paragraph of background information and write a journal topic.
• Complete a fun assignment in which the students must tell a joke which engages them.
• Read the story.
• Answer close reading questions. (with KEY)
• Complete a worksheet on three elements of humor found in the story.
• Complete a worksheet on similes, personification, and allusions. (with KEY)
• Complete higher order thinking questions concerning synthesizing and evaluating from Bloom’s Taxonomy.
• Write a short essay explaining a quote from Mark Twain and how it relates to this story.
• Take an Objective Quiz over the story. (with KEY)