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Ramona Quimby, Age 8
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  • During Teaching
      1. Students read the entire main selection text independently.

      2. The teacher reads the main selection text aloud while students follow along. (Depending on how complex the text is and the amount of support needed by students, the teacher may choose to reverse the order of steps 1 and 2.)

      3. Students and teacher re-read the text while stopping to respond to and discuss the questions, continually returning to the text. A variety of methods can be used to structure the reading and discussion (i.e.: whole class discussion, think-pair-share, independent written response, group work, etc.)

  • Text Dependent Questions
    • Text-dependent Questions

      Answers

      What mood words does the author use to describe the feelings of Ramona’s family and the weather on Sunday afternoon?  What other activities/situations is Ramona longing for?

      -          Dreary, discouraged, dismal, cross, moody

      -          Sunshine, sidewalks, roller skating, a smiling, happy family

      Ramona feels as if everything she does is wrong.  What does her mother say to make her feel this way?

      -          She tells Ramona that she has not cleaned her room.

      -          Then she adds, “And don’t press your nose against the window.  It leaves a smudge.”

      Ramona wants to “learn to twirl a lariat.” How would you define lariat? What other exciting things would she rather do?

      -          A type of rope or lasso used by cowboys

      -          A lariat is a lasso.  Ramona would rather play a musical saw or flip around and over bars in a gymnastics competition while crowds cheer.

      How does the author use a pencil to prove that Ramona’s father, Mr. Quimby, is cross? How would you define cross based on these actions?

      -       He “made his pencil scratch angrily across a pad of paper.”

      -          “Mr. Quimby threw down his pencil.”

      -          “Ramona heard the sound of a pencil being slammed on the table.”

      -          “Once again Mr. Quimby threw down his pencil.”

      -          “Mr. Quimby slammed shut his book and threw his pencil so hard it bounced on the floor.”

      -          Throwing and slamming a pencil are signs of anger.  Students should realize that cross is another word for angry or the state of being in a bad mood. 

      How does the author show that Ramona and her parents are getting cross with each other?

      -          Mrs. Quimby raises her voice to Ramona and repeats her command to “clean up your room.” The author uses italics and an exclamation point to show that she is getting cross.

      -          Ramona is hurt by her mother’s tone of voice and tells her she doesn’t have to yell at her.

      -          Mrs. Quimby snaps at her and tells her to do it.

      -          Mr. Quimby throws his pencil down and calls her “young lady” while he orders her to do what her mother says.

      -          Ramona tells him he doesn’t have to be cross but thinks to herself, “nag, nag, nag.”

      Why is Beezus angry at her mother, and why does Ramona decide to defend her sister to her mother?

       

       

      -          Beezus wants to have a sleep over at her friend’s house with a bunch of girls from her class.

      -          Ramona knows that someday she might want to have a sleep over as well.

      Use evidence from the text to explain how Ramona feels about being at Willa Jean’s house.

      -          It is boring and no fun being at Willa Jean’s house.

      -          She has to read boring books to Willa Jean.  Willa Jean likes to play beauty shop and paint Ramona’s nails, and Ramona gets blamed when she spills the finger nail polish.  Instead of Mrs. Kemp taking care of Ramona, Ramona always takes care of Willa Jean.  Ramona feels bad that she doesn’t have a bicycle to ride, too.

      The author shows that even though Ramona’s parents are cross with her, they still care about her.  What do they do that helps her to feel better?

      -          Her mother gives her a half smile and acknowledges that it is hard for Ramona to go to Willa Jean’s house.  Then she tells her not to give up.

      -          When she talks to her father, he stops studying and talks with her seriously.  He assures her that her thoughts are private and smiles at her and rumples her hair.

      The author states, “The Quimby’s house seemed to have grown smaller during the day until it was no longer big enough to hold her family and all its problems.” What problems is each family member having?

      -          Ramona is bored and wants to play outside.

      -          Beezus wants to have a sleep over.

      -          Mrs. Quimby is paying bills. She is annoyed by the cat, which wants to come in and out of the house repeatedly. She and Beezus argue about the sleepover.

      -          Mr. Quimby is studying for a class and keeps getting interrupted.

      -          Each one is cross with the others.

      Mr. Quimby decides to take the family out to dinner. Explain why this is a good idea for their family.

      -          They will smile and be pleasant.

      -          Mrs. Quimby appeared cheerful for the first time that day.

      -          Going out to eat is a treat they will all enjoy.

      -          The Whopperburger is a once-in-a-while treat.

      -          Gloom and anger were forgotten.

      Ramona describes the old man dressed as if he had come from a rummage sale.  Describe the old man, his clothing, and why she has this first impression.  What changed her mind?

      -          “Neatly trimmed gray hair”

      -          “A moustache that turned up at the ends”

      -          “Flowered shirt, striped tie, tweed coat, plaid slacks”

      -          Because of his mismatched clothes, Ramona thought they all came from different places and ended up at a rummage sale, “except that the crease in his trousers was sharp and his shoes were shined.”

      The old man asks Ramona if she is good to her mother.  How does Ramona react to the old man’s question? Why does this make her angry?

      -          She is stunned, and her face turns red with embarrassment.

      -          She realizes she isn’t always good to her mother.

      -          She feels that he is prying into something that isn’t his business.

      -          She realizes that her parents and the other diners are watching her to see how she will respond, which embarrasses her.

      -          When she realizes that he is just teasing, she is still angry with him for prying into something that isn’t his business.

      How does the author use imagery to describe Ramona’s dinner?

      -          Her hamburger is “warm, soft, juicy, tart with relish.”

      -          “Juice dribbled down her chin.”

      -          “The French fries – crisp on the outside, mealy on the inside.”

      The family shows each other kindness.  What are some examples?

      -          Ramona wants to say that Beezus acted badly but stops herself.

      -          Beezus also wants to talk about Ramona’s bad behavior, but she stops herself, too.      

      At the end of the story, the old man pays for the Quimby’s meal.  Why does he do this?

      -         He thinks they are a nice family and wants to do something for them.

      -         He misses his own children and grandchildren.

      Ramona is surprised that the man thinks they are a nice family.  When her family talks about it, what evidence do they give to show that they are a nice family?

      -         Her mother says they get along and they stick together.

      -         They eat dinner together.

      -         Beezus and Mrs. Quimby resolve their disagreement about the sleep over.

      -         Ramona realizes that she can get along with Wilma Jean and Mrs. Whaley if she tries.

  • Academic Vocabulary
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      KEY WORDS ESSENTIAL TO UNDERSTANDING

       

      WORDS WORTH KNOWING

      General teaching suggestions are provided in the Introduction

      TEACHER PROVIDES DEFINITION

      Not enough contextual clues provided in the text

      Cross

      Lariat

      Rummage

      Indignant

      Vexed

      Sullenly

      Cognitive

      Gourmet

       

       

      STUDENTS FIGURE OUT THE MEANING

      Sufficient contextual clues are provided in the text

       

       

       

       

       

      Dismal

      Dreary

      Smudge

      Cross

       

      Ceaseless

      Pelting

      Stalked

      Mute

      Sulkily

      Flounced

      Relented

      Emerged

      Balked

      Seething

      Pry

       

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