This novel study contains comprehension questions for each chapter of the book "The Tiger Rising,” which is at a 4.0 reading level (grade equivalent). Although written at a fourth grade level, students will need maturity to uncover the deeper meanings and symbolism in this book.
Rob Horton is 12 years old and lives with his father in a rundown Florida motel. They have recently moved to Lister, Florida, after the death of Rob’s mother. In the woods near the motel Rob discovers a live tiger in a cage. On the same day he discovers the tiger Rob meets Sistine Bailey a new girl in school with an angry temper. Rob, having an unnamed skin condition, is asked by the principal to stay home from school until his rash clears up. Rob’s rash is a visible display of his emotional denial as he packs away his difficult feelings in an imaginary suitcase. Rob sees his exile from school as a reprieve, for he is bullied constantly by the other kids at his middle school. Sistine visits Rob daily saying she is bringing him homework. Rob is given the duty of feeding the tiger by the unscrupulous motel manager, Beauchamp. With the assistance of Rob, Sistine plots and attempts to set the tiger free. The act of setting the tiger free allows Rob to let go of the painful emotions related to his mother’s death that he has suppressed. However, Rob's dad finds the tiger in the woods and kills it by shooting it. (from Wikipedia)
Each section of this novel study has a scoring guide that can be used to help students reflect and improve on their written responses to reading. These can easily be changed to meet the needs of your students and your teaching. Students are asked to create high-level questions to bring to their book group discussions.
At the end of the comprehension questions, you will find almost 50 related activities for this book. With hands-on activities, students are encouraged to be engaged thinkers and problem-solvers. These projects can be used with your whole group, small groups, or individuals. They are especially helpful in differentiating for diverse learners.
Related Common Core Standards for reading (literature) and writing are listed.