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Ramona Quimby, Age 8
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  • Culminating Assignment
    • Re-Read, Think, Discuss, Write: The old man refers to Ramona’s family as such a nice family. Do you think Ramona’s family is nice? Why or why not? Give evidence to support your thinking.

      Possible answer:

      (Answers will vary, but there is ample evidence of both. Students could answer yes or no, or a combination, as long as they provide evidence from the story to support their thinking and reflect on how the evidence supports their argument.) In the beginning, everyone is cross. They are grouchy with each other. Mr. and Mrs. Quimby yell at Ramona about cleaning her room, the cat is unsettled and wants to go in and out repeatedly, Beezus wants to argue with her mother about the sleepover, and Mr. Quimby throws his pencil and makes noise to show he is not happy. However, when Ramona is feeling badly, Mrs. Quimby smiles at her and tells her not to give up and Mr. Quimby takes time to talk with her and make her feel better. Then Mr. Quimby takes them all out to dinner. Although Mr. and Mrs. Quimby look stern at first, they eventually begin to relax and smile. Mr. Quimby reminds his family to smile and enjoy themselves. He smiles at Ramona when he says she doesn’t have to eat off the kid’s menu. The family eats in companionable silence, sits up straight, and smiles.

  • Additional Tasks
      • TASK: The author speaks of the log burning in the fireplace throughout the day. How does the log compare to the mood in the house?

        Possible answers:

        "In the fireplace a log sullenly refused to burn."

        The log in the fireplace settled, sending a puff of smoke into the living room."

        "The smoking log settled in the fireplace, sending up a few feeble sparks."

        In the beginning, the log is sullen, like the Quimby family. It begins to settle but sends out puffs of smoke, just as the Quimby's have bursts of anger. It finally sends up a few feeble sparks, as Mr. Quimby sparks the mood of his family by taking them to dinner.

      •  TASK: Personification means giving human attributes to nonhuman things.   “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” is an example of personification.  Can you find more examples of personification throughout the story?

         Possible answers:

        “Bare black branches clawed at the electric wires in front of the house.”

        “Picky Picky hesitated, vexed by the cold wind that swept into the room.”

        “As the windshield wipers began their rhythmic exercise, the family rode in silence, each thinking of the events of the day.”

  • Notes to the Teacher
    • Consider doing some background on symbolism before your students begin to work on the first “additional task.”

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