The Gadget by Paul Zindel: A Book Study is designed for teachers of students in grades 6-8. Your students will become absorbed in the suspense and intrigue of World War II and the development of the atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico, while increasing their vocabulary and comprehension skills.
Synopsis of The Gadget, a historical fiction book by Paul Zindel (Random House Children’s Books, 2003, 184 p.): It is 1945 and thirteen-year-old Stephen Orr arrives in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where his father is working on the Manhattan Project creating a bomb that will end World War II. Shortly after his arrival, Stephen meets a fifteen-year-old Russian boy named Alexei who shows him around the community and encourages Stephen to seek out information about the Gadget, the bomb the scientists are developing. Alexei tries to get information from Stephen while pretending to be his friend. On the night of a bomb test, Stephen and Alexei go to the test site where they are arrested and later returned to their parents. Stephen discovers that Alexei is a Russian spy who is trying to kill him. Alexei dies when he is hit by a train. As the project comes to a conclusion, Stephen makes peace with his father.
These items are included in The Gadget by Paul Zindel: A Book Study:
*Teacher's Page with a synopsis of The Gadget, objectives, a description of each activity in the unit, and a list of related online resources
*An eleven-page Oral Reading and Discussion Guide which includes a summary of each chapter, comprehension questions, and vocabulary words
*Glossary of twenty-five words and definitions
*Vocabulary crossword puzzle matching words with definitions
*Vocabulary Words in Context in which students complete twenty-five sentences by inserting the correct words from the glossary
*A 50-question vocabulary test with twenty-five questions matching words and definitions and twenty-five multiple choice questions using the words in sentence context.
*Find the Details activity with thirty-four comprehension questions about details in the text.
*Sequence of Events with eight sets of four questions each for students to arrange in chronological order
*Comprehension Crossword Puzzle with fifty questions covering information from the text.
*Real People in This Book with ten descriptions of people who were important figures during World War II and in the Manhattan Project.
*Book Characters listing ten fictional characters in the book.
*Questions for Independent Readers listing the same questions included in the Oral Reading and Discussion Guide formatted for student use as a review
*Comprehension test consisting of six questions matching important people with descriptions, fourteen multiple choice questions, and three sequence questions
*Answer keys for all activities.
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