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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

By Jack Gantos (3)

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The hero of Jack Gantos’ Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key is a goodhearted boy with ADHD. Continually in trouble at home and at school, Joey feels abandoned by his parents, while the grandmother who takes care of him is overwhelmed by Joey’s high energy. When Joey’s mother finally returns, she has a new medication to help calm Joey, but when he swallows the house key instead, Joey ends up in a special education class. He finds it incredibly difficult to remain calm at school, and even harder to follow instructions on a school trip to Amish country, where he is tempted by shoofly pie and the opportunity to fly from the rafters of a barn. He has a moment of triumph when he sneaks into the gifted and talented assembly, but matters worsen when he causes an accident with a pair of scissors, and lands himself in the special education center for six weeks. Joey’s misunderstood antics and deeply personal viewpoint grounds Ganto’s novel in reality, and he adeptly portrays Joey’s struggles with sensitivity and delicacy.

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    Novel Study: Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (eBook)

    Teacher Tested Educational Publications
    57 Pages, Grades 4 - 8
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    Novel Study: Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (eBook)

    This Novel Study supports the superb novel, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos. All Teacher-Tested Novel Studies follow a similar format. Teachers can provide each student with a different novel but use similar assignments that include comprehension questions and visual interpretations, assignments in plot and conflict, character webs, timeline, vocabulary crosswords, and formats to respond to letter and essay writing assignments.

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    Literature Guide: Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (Lit ...

    On The Mark Press
    64 Pages, Grades 4 - 6
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    Literature Guide: Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (Lit Links series) (eBook)

    Specifically designed to enable students to develop important reading skills, On The Mark Press' Lit Links eBook guides contain numerous creative and cross-curricular activities for increasing students' competency in reading. This guide seeks to strengthen reading comprehension with reproducible chapter-by-chapter questions, comprehension questions, and more - complete with an answer key for educators. Also includes an author bio and story synopsis.This eBook is an entry in the Lit Links series of literature guides from On The Mark Press. Popular titles covered in the series include: Frindle, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; Abel's Island; Superfudge; The Cay; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Owls in the Family; Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key; A Wrinkle in Time; Fantastic Mr. Fox; The Trumpet of the Swan; Freckle Juice, and many more. All aforementioned eBooks, as well as the rest of the series, can be accessed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.

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    Study Guide: Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (eBook)

    Learning Links/Novel-Ties
    29 Pages, Grades 4 - 7
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    Study Guide: Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (eBook)

    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.