Why does Ralph feel remorseful?
What have you learned about Ralph? Make a list of his qualities, or write them in a character web.
List some events from this chapter that could not happen in real life.
Predict will happen next in the book.
Write a News Article
Have students write articles about Ralph’s accident. First, have them read a news article in a newspaper; help students see that the article addresses the questions who, what, where, when and why about the topic. Then, have them reread the part of Chapter 3 in which Ralph has the motorcycle accident, and take notes about the details of the accident. Tell students to include the most important information in their articles.
Write an Opinion Column
Explain that an opinion column focuses on a journalist’s beliefs about a topic, whereas a news article focuses on the facts. Have students write opinion columns in which they offer their opinions on whether Ralph should have stayed close to home, or left home to look for adventure. Before students write, have them read some opinion columns in a newspaper. Discuss which parts are fact and which are opinion. Tell students to make their columns persuasive by explaining their opinions clearly and supporting them with facts.
Pronounce each vocabulary word for students, and review the definitions as a class. Have students demonstrate their comprehension of the words by using them in sentences.
mislay: v. To misplace
cower: v. To cringe in fear
quiver: v. To shake, vibrate or tremble
dignity: n. The quality of being worthy of respect
Have students answer the following questions individually or in small groups. Students can then share their answers with the class.
Describe Keith’s reaction to seeing Ralph for the first time. Would you have reacted in the same way? Why?
What makes Keith wonder whether Ralph rode the motorcycle off of the bedside table?
Why are Keith and Ralph able to understand each other?
Do you think Keith likes Ralph? How can you tell?
Write an Editorial