The Master Puppeteer written by Katherine Patterson is a National Book award winner. The story is set in 18th century feudal Japan (the Tokugawa Period) during a time of extreme famine. A poor Japanese boy goes to work in a traditional puppet theater to earn money for his family. He endures the harsh and ill- tempered puppet master and develops a friendship with Kinshi, the puppet master's son. A mystery develops as to the identity of a mysterious bandit Saburo, who seems to have some connection to the theater.
This unit divides the book into four sections. Each section has a list of vocabulary words with the definition as used in the book. A quiz for each section tests the student's knowledge of the vocabulary words (by matching the words to their definitions) and their comprehension of the chapters in each section using a multiple choice format. A final test is provided for the vocabulary words (20 words) and a final comprehension test consisting of matching character descriptions to the characters and true-false questions. Section quizzes and the final test are given in both a regular format and a modified format. The modified test (Form M) breaks the vocabulary list into smaller units and gives the page number as reference for the comprehension questions. (Harper Trophy ed. edition ISBN-10: 0064402819 ISBN-13: 978-0064402811) The final test is modified by having the qualifying statement in the true-false questions underlined. A modified test may be used by students who require accommodations or modifications to tests. Answer keys are provided in the same format to facilitate easier grading.
A story summary worksheet is also included in a fill-in-the-blank format that can be used at the beginning of the book to give students quick background information about the time period.
Comprehension skills that can be covered by using this book are: using similes and metaphors, personification, characterization, problem and solution, and conflict.
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Written by Jane Maitski.