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One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia: A Novel Study

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia: A Novel Study

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Published by Jean Martin
This 25 page packet provides the teacher or aide with a ready-to-use workbook for students who are reading the novel, One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia! It includes a vocabulary bookmark for student use as well as a 19 page student booklet (plus answer key) designed to reinforce essential reading and writing skills for students in grades 5-8. Skills addressed include visualizing, determining author’s purpose, inferring, explaining, comprehension, questioning, comparing/contrasting, recognizing point-of-view, vocabulary, and using context clues.

The student booklet divides the text into seven reading assignments with questions and tasks to go with each one. In addition there is a culminating activity at the end of the booklet. It is designed for independent work so that students may be working on this in class while the teacher is meeting with another group. Just copy and give three staples on the left side to create individual student booklets.

In my classroom, students were responsible for completing one reading assignment with the accompanying questions each week. They would be given three, 40 minute periods per week to complete one assignment. They would then meet once a week with me (or an aide or a parent), along with the other students reading the same book (we called this a “bookclub” meeting) to discuss the book and review the assignments. Customize the use of this packet as you wish. What worked for me, may not be what works best for you. For example, instead of using this as class work, the packet could also be used as homework. Also, instead of creating a booklet, the pages can be copied and handed out singly as separate assignments.

One Crazy Summer in a nutshell:
This is a nominee for the 2010 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature!

It is 1968 and 11 year old Delphine and her two younger sisters are flown to California to visit a mother they hardly know. They find life with her to be quite different from the life they knew in Brooklyn. They feel shunned by their mother and are sent to a Black Panther camp where they get an unexpected education. This book provides wonderful character portraits along with an insight into the 1960’s in Oakland. Delightfully rich and descriptive writing.

Appropriate for students in grades 5-8. Reading level approximately 5th grade.
This 25 page packet provides the teacher or aide with a ready-to-use workbook for students who are reading the novel, One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia! It includes a vocabulary bookmark for student use as well as a 19 page student booklet (plus answer key) designed to reinforce essential reading and writing skills for students in grades 5-8. Skills addressed include visualizing, determining author’s purpose, inferring, explaining, comprehension, questioning, comparing/contrasting, recognizing point-of-view, vocabulary, and using context clues.

The student booklet divides the text into seven reading assignments with questions and tasks to go with each one. In addition there is a culminating activity at the end of the booklet. It is designed for independent work so that students may be working on this in class while the teacher is meeting with another group. Just copy and give three staples on the left side to create individual student booklets.

In my classroom, students were responsible for completing one reading assignment with the accompanying questions each week. They would be given three, 40 minute periods per week to complete one assignment. They would then meet once a week with me (or an aide or a parent), along with the other students reading the same book (we called this a “bookclub” meeting) to discuss the book and review the assignments. Customize the use of this packet as you wish. What worked for me, may not be what works best for you. For example, instead of using this as class work, the packet could also be used as homework. Also, instead of creating a booklet, the pages can be copied and handed out singly as separate assignments.

One Crazy Summer in a nutshell:
This is a nominee for the 2010 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature!

It is 1968 and 11 year old Delphine and her two younger sisters are flown to California to visit a mother they hardly know. They find life with her to be quite different from the life they knew in Brooklyn. They feel shunned by their mother and are sent to a Black Panther camp where they get an unexpected education. This book provides wonderful character portraits along with an insight into the 1960’s in Oakland. Delightfully rich and descriptive writing.

Appropriate for students in grades 5-8. Reading level approximately 5th grade.

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Published by: Jean Martin on Nov 16, 2010
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