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Questions

Have students answer the following questions individually or in small groups. Students can then share their answers with the class.

1.

List the sequence of events in this chapter.

2.

Why is Ralph filled with remorse at the loss of Keith’s motorcycle?

3.

Explain how Ralph acts recklessly during this chapter.

4.

What might you have done differently in this chapter if you were Ralph?

Activities

Create an Advertisement

Have students write newspaper advertisements for a vacuum cleaner. Work with students to study newspaper ads and think about what might make readers notice their own ads and want to buy the vacuum. Students’ ads should include a description of the vacuum cleaner, an illustration of it, and a coupon or special sale price.

Draw a Comic Strip

Have students draw comic strips about Ralph running back and forth with the motorcycle as he tries to avoid being sucked into the vacuum cleaner. To prepare, have students reread this scene in Chapter 7. Then, work with them to study comics in a newspaper and discuss how they combine words and illustrations to describe a scene.

Chapter 8

Vocabulary

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.

reunion: n. A regular gathering of relatives, friends or associates

pilfering: n. Stealing  

tactless: adj. Inconsiderate; blunt; rude

foolhardy: adj. Reckless; foolishly bold

Questions

Have students answer the following questions individually or in small groups. Students can then share their answers with the class.

1.

Describe Ralph’s family reunion.

2.

Do you think riding motorcycles is dangerous or foolhardy? Why?

3.

What gift does Keith give to Ralph?

4.

Describe Keith’s reaction to Ralph’s loss of the motorcycle.

Activities

Write a Feature Article

Have students write articles for the family section of a newspaper. The articles should be about family reunions. They should suggest activities that people might enjoy together during a family reunion, food they might serve, and places where large families might gather. The articles should also address why people organize family reunions and how family reunions benefit people who attend them. Provide articles from the family section

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