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