The View from Saturday, written by E.L. Konigsburg, is a Newbery Award Book. A diverse group of four sixth-graders come together to form the first sixth grade Academic Bowl team from Epiphany Middle School in New York under the guidance of Mrs. Olinski, the school's first paraplegic teacher. The book alternates between present day events and events that happened in each student's recent past. Noah recounts visiting his grandparents in a retirement village in Florida during the summer. Nadia journeys from New York to Florida to visit her dad, who relocated there after the divorce, and finds herself helping with relocating sea turtles with her newly remarried grandfather and his new wife. Ethan is also in Florida visiting his grandmother, who married Nadia's grandfather. Then enters Julian at the beginning of the new school year, a boy of East Indian heritage who is coming to live in Epiphany, New York with his father. Together, they form a group called The Souls. This story is great for teaching the comprehension skill of characterization, similes and metaphors, acronyms, and idioms. This unit divides the book into five sections. Each section has a list of vocabulary words with the definition as used in the book. A quiz which tests the students knowledge of the vocabulary words and comprehension questions about the section are included. 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. The final test matches character descriptions with the characters in the book and a True and False section. A modified version of the final test is also given. Answer keys are included in the same format as the quizzes to make grading easier.
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Written by Jane Maitski