More than just worksheets!
A fun yet through study of Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth.
All activities are common-core aligned
• 23 pages of Guided Notes – perfectly illustrated, yet
extensive in analysis and detail—it’s also littered with textual
evidence (answer key included).
• 184 PowerPoint slides - sister product of the guided notes.
More vibrant than the notes and includes extension
activities. Virtually every slide includes appropriate CCSS for
• 9 page test includes 40 multiple choice & 1 constructed
response options + student answer sheets. All questions are
Common Core aligned with plenty of textual evidence.
Constructed response includes a rubric to help students
succeed and teachers to seamlessly and objectively score
literary analysis. (multiple choice answer key included).
• 3 Creative projects with rubrics and templates. For this project,
which project they would prefer to do. Options are:
o Dictionopolis Digest
o The Lands Beyond Map (with illustrations of key events)
o The Phantom Tollbooth Make-A-Test
Further develop key events in the story with these perfectly related poems (6 in all). Worksheets not only include poems, but also enrichment activities (14 in all). My students had a lot of fun with these activities…and they’re a tough crowd!
Figurative Language Activity – Students rotate through stations in which they illustrate or write a joke using puns, homographs, and homophones.
• student worksheets
• 40 pun slips
• 40 homophone slips
• 40 homograph pair slips
• directions for each station.
Symbolism Chart worksheet: students can keep track of all the characters and important symbolism involved throughout the story.
Make-A-Monster: Students add to Norton Juster’s horde of Demons of Ignorance by describing and creating a monster of their own based on a bad habit.
Cellphone Debate: Students can connect the The City of Reality and the idea of overlooking the things around you by participating in a debate on if schools should allow cellphones.
o 3 articles with various viewpoints
o Student worksheet to organize key points and textual evidence
Opinion Writing Prompt: Conclude this unit on The Phantom Tollbooth by allowing students to write a review on the story based on an NPR interview with Norton Juster. In this interview, Juster discusses that many critics believed this book was too advanced for children.
o 2 resources
o Student prompt sheet
o Simple worksheet to organize ideas