of a newspaper that students can use as models.
Write a Letter to the Editor
Students’ letters should tell why it is important to wear helmets while riding motorcycles. Before students write their letters, help them make a list of the safety benefits of helmets. In addition, work with them to brainstorm a list of vivid words that might persuade others to wear helmets when they ride motorcycles. Encourage students to make their letters as persuasive as they can. Have them read letters from newspapers, and then discuss which are the most persuasive, and why.
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.
fragrance: n. A sweet or pleasant scent
pandemonium: n. Wild uproar; chaos
agitated: adj. Disturbed; emotionally excited
exterminated: v. Eliminate by totally destroying
Have students answer the following questions individually or in small groups. Students can then share their answers with the class.
What is the main idea of this chapter?
Why does Keith say he is like Ralph?
Describe the relationship between Ralph and Keith.
Are you in a hurry to grow up? What are some grown-up things you wish you could do now?
Write a News Article
Have students write news reports about the hotel staff discovering chew marks in the sheets. In pairs, students can reread the chapter and write down dialogue to use in their articles. When writing, they should use this dialogue from the story to tell who found what and how they reacted. Students should also explain how the hotel management plans to handle the matter.
Write a Lost-and-Found Advertisement
Have students write lost-and-found ads for Keith’s lost motorcycle. Encourage them to use details from the book to help them describe the motorcycle. Then, with students, look through a newspaper’s lost-and-found section to see what details the writers include in their ads, such as contact information and rewards. Have students incorporate these elements in their ads.