This novel study for The Van Gogh Café includes chapter questions, a before reading activity, and activities for key ideas and details, vocabulary, and making inferences, as well as a follow-up performance task, writing prompts, and a card game for review. Questions are text dependent and written specifically for this novel.
There are seven pages of chapter questions for this novel, The Van Gogh Café by Cynthia Rylant. Each page has main idea and detail questions, vocabulary questions, and inferencing questions with space for students' answers. These activity sheets can be used for interactive notebook pages or for chapter assessments of these important reading skills.
The three key idea and details activities include:
- A Character Map
- Describing the Settings
- Sequence of Events
The two vocabulary pages are about finding and using context clues, story vocabulary, and figurative language.
The two inferencing activities include:
- An Inference Chart
- Inferring Themes
The performance task is a project about writing poems using the patterns set by Marc's poems in the book.
There are two prompts - both would work well for either writing or for class discussions.
The I Have . . .Who Has . . ? card game is a fun whole class activity for reviewing details from the novel after reading.
The Easel Activity is ready to use with answer boxes for student responses. It includes all of the chapter questions and activity sheets. The printable card game is located in the PDF file.
This novel study supports a number of the Reading: Literature standards, especially those involving using text-based evidence, determining main ideas and details, using context clues, and making inferences.
From Classroom in the Middle