What would you have done if you had caught Ralph searching your hotel room?
Write a News Article
Have students write news articles about Ralph getting trapped under the cup in Chapter 11. Their articles should explain where Ralph was, what he was doing when he became trapped, and how and why Ralph was finally released. Encourage students to use quotes from the teachers and Ralph to explain the situation. Work with them to examine newspaper articles to see how writers use quotations to convey information.
Write a Review
Have students choose one of the California destinations described in Chapter 11. Help them conduct research about that location either online or in the school library. Then, they should write review articles for the travel section of a newspaper. When they write, students should describe the destination and tell why readers would or would not want to visit. They should include information about hotels, restaurants and activities. Provide sample travel articles for students to read.
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.
grimly: adv. Sternly; severely
detour: n. A route taken when the main route is closed or blocked
din: n. A loud, steady noise
nuisance: n. Something that causes trouble
Have students answer the following questions individually or in small groups. Students can then share their answers with the class.
Describe Ralph’s plan to bring the aspirin to Keith. Do you think it is a good plan? Why or why not?
Explain how the dog is a nuisance.
Give a summary of this chapter.
Use examples from the story to explain why Ralph’s plan works.
Draw a Comic Strip
Have students draw comic strips about the scene in Chapter 12 in which Ralph rides the ambulance into the elevator with the man and his barking dog. Study comic strips in a newspaper, and talk with students about how comics use words and illustrations to tell about a humorous scene. Encourage students to use similar techniques in their own comics.
Write a News Article