Purchase this ready-to-use, 24 pg packet (includes 17 pg student workbook and 5 pg answer key) to use with students in grades 5-9 who are reading the novel, The Library Card, by Jerry Spinelli. Essential reading, writing, and thinking skills are addressed in the activities. Skills include summarizing, visualizing, determining author's purpose, inference, comprehension, explaining, recognizing character traits, figurative language (simile, metaphor, idiom, and personification), and defining. The emphasis is on writing and comprehension: great for kids who need practice in these skills.
The student workbook is divided into five reading assignments with vocabulary and writing activities to go with each one. In addition there are culminating activities at the end of the booklet. The booklet is designed for independent work so that students may be working on this in class or at home. In my classroom, students were responsible for completing one reading assignment with the accompanying questions each week. They would be given 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 (I call this a book club) to discuss the book and review the assignments. Created by Jean Martin
The Library Card in a nutshell:
In this book by Newbery award-winning author, Jerry Spinelli, the reader is introduced to four main characters whose lives are deeply affected by the unexpected, and rather magical, appearance of a library card. While the book has a magical quality to it, the four stories are actually quite realistic. They are stories of down-and-outers, juvenile delinquents, and other lost souls whose lives desperately need a change of direction. It is a book of hope and the stories, ranging from humorous to heartbreaking, should be of high interest to students who may not be strong readers but are in need of a bit of hope in their lives (and who isn't?).
Appropriate for students in grades 5-9. Reading level is approximately 5th grade.
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