Gary D. Schmidt's book The Wednesday Wars is one of the most beautiful, eloquently-written stories I have read in a long time. Holling Hoodhood, a 7th grader at Camillo Junior High in 1967, has to deal with a lot in his life: his news obsessed father, his flower-child sister, the neighborhood bullies, and his English teacher Mrs. Baker, who he is convinced hates him. Through his 7th grade year, Holling learns a lot about life, love, war, and Shakespeare. Full of references to the Vietnam and Cold War era, this book does a wonderful job of putting into perspective an important era of U.S. history.
This reading guide has questions related to each chapter, as well as a post-reading assignment. I have organized it so that if you print it, it should copy front/back and create a little booklet!
I strongly recommend this book to teachers who love the English language AND teaching about U.S. History! There are so many connections that can be made.
Be sure to check out my Common Core aligned assessment, also posted on TPT!