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Tru & Nelle, by G. Crist: Chapter Questions for this novel/ Figurative Language

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This product is designed for either independent- or whole-class reading of the book Tru & Nelle, by G. Neri, © 2016, Houghton Mifflin Publishers.

The packet includes directions for the student (pasted below) and a question that students respond to at the end of each chapter. Students should use a writing journal for their responses, although they can use regular paper, too.

After they respond to the question, they look at a word or phrase from the story that’s been included in that chapter’s section (see below) They reread that excerpt in the text, then tell what the author meant with this particular phrase. This helps students think more closely about the meaning of examples of figurative language and how these words and phrases enhance writing.

There is a Before You Read and an After You Read section for students (explained within the directions). Answers are on the last page. Answers for figurative language are NOT provided.

Directions for the student:

The pages that follow contain writing questions. First respond to the Before You Read section. Write your response in your writing journal or a sheet of paper.

• After you read each chapter of Tru & Nelle, respond to the chapter question in your journal or on a separate sheet of paper. Make sure your response is written in full sentences, and that grammar, spelling and punctuation are correct.

• Next, refer to the figurative language excerpt from a page in that chapter. Reread that part of the text in the book and explain what the author seems to mean by the phrase he used.

• Those examples of figurative language do a nice job of connecting us with this story of the friendship between Truman Capote and Harper Lee.

When you have finished reading the book, complete the After You Read portion of this packet.

Enjoy this story of two real people who became friends as young children, and became well known, successful writers in their adult years. They maintained their friendship. Both Truman Capote and Harper Lee are no longer living.

Chapter 1 Pages 1 - 10

What important information have Truman and Nelle already learned about each other? Use ideas and details from the text to support your response.

Figurative Language: (pg.1) “…watching like a cat.”

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