Ask your students the following questions to better prepare them to see Ramona Quimby or help them review and reflect on the play.
Before the performance: Family :
What does your family mean to you? Does anyone in your family ever annoy you? If you have an argument with someone in your family, how do you resolve it?
Among all of your relatives, who is your favorite? Where does he or she live? How often do you get to see this relative? What makes this person so special?
3. What is your family’s favorite restaurant? How often does your family go there? Why is it your favorite? What is the item that you like most on the menu?
What do you like or dislike about school? Why?
Have you ever copied someone else’s idea? Have other people ever copied your ideas? How did you feel when that happened? What did or didn’t you do? What will you suggest if that happens again?
3. Who is your best friend? How long have you known each other? What makes him or her your best friend? Describe one of the most memorable moments that you had together.
After the performance:
The play begins on Ramona’s first day of school as a third grader and ends on her first day of school as a fourth grader. Do you remember how you felt on the first day of school? How did you prepare for the first day?
In Mrs. Griggs’ classroom, the first day of school has always been a “Show and Tell” day. Students bring in one of their favorite items to share with the class. What would you bring for “Show and Tell,” if your class had one? Why?
How does Ramona react when Susan copies her Halloween mask? Could Ramona have handled the situation differently? How could she have helped her teacher understand that Susan was the one who copied her mask?
Beezus and Ramona get into fights and arguments all the time. How about you and your siblings? Do you ever fight or argue? What do you do when it happens? (If you don’t have a sibling, think about the same situation with your cousins or best friend.) Will you stop loving each other because of that? Why or why not?
Ramona questions why life isn’t fair. Do you think life is fair or not? Why or why not? Is there any- thing you could do to make life more fair?