In A Long Way from Chicago, Richard Peck recounts the experiences of a young brother and sister growing up in the 1930’s. The novel of Newbery Honor acclaim depicts the people of small-town Illinois, where Chicago-bred Joey and Mary Alice Dowdel spend a series of summers. Chicago is a rough place during the Great Depression, but visits with Grandma Dowdel of Illinois are far from tame. Over the years, Grandma shows her grit and wit by curbing the local troublemakers, winning a pie contest with a big payoff, saving her friend’s home from foreclosure, and outwitting the town sheriff. Not wanting to be outdone by Grandma, Mary Alice helps orchestrate an elopement, while Joey falls in love with airplanes, and joins the army air corps in adulthood. In their years with Grandma Dowdel, Joey and Mary Alice develop a strong bond with their grandmother, and a deep appreciation for her neighbors. Middle school readers will enjoy this episodic novel of a memorable era in American history, full of down-home charm, and unforgettable characters. The sequel, A Year Down Under, is also a noteworthy read, having won the Newbery Medal for children’s literature.
Saddleback's Focus on Reading series is your go-to resource for teaching literature to struggling readers. Containing chapter-by-chapter reproducible worksheets that check and deepen students' understanding, this eBook will help students of all reading levels actively engage with your classroom text. Skills developed and practiced include reading comprehension, vocabulary, and the identification of literary elements.
Specifically created for younger students in elementary school, Learning Links Novel-Ties are built to assist teachers in nurturing new readers. Reproducible chapter-by-chapter exercises and worksheets help to increase students' competency in reading with the goal of inspiring a further love of reading. A story synopsis and worksheet answer key is supplied. Novel-Ties guides are a venerable supplementary resource for both guided and differentiated reading.This eBook is an entry in the Novel-Ties Literature Guides series for Grade 4, consisting of the following additional titles: The Cay; Charlotte's Web; Fantastic Mr. Fox; The Great Brain; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes; The Witch of Fourth Street; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Dear Mr. Henshaw; The Enormous Egg; The Midnight Fox; James and the Giant Peach; The Cricket in Times Square; Sarah, Plain and Tall; Superfudge; Mr. Popper's Penguins; Stone Fox; Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key; Skinnybones; Because of Winn-Dixie; Bunnicula; Journey to Jo'burg; Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing; Shiloh; The BFG; Fudge-A-Mania; The Gold Cadillac; Chocolate Fever; A Long Way from Chicago; Poppy; The Best Christmas Pageant Ever; Frindle; There's A Boy in the Girl's Bathroom; The Tale of Despereaux; Loser; Touching Spirit Bear; The Penderwicks; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane; Turtle in Paradise. All preceding Novel-Ties eBooks can be observed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.