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Loser

By Jerry Spinelli (5)

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Jerry Spinelli, author of the critically acclaimed Maniac Magee, delivers another novel laden with realistic depictions of childhood slights and conundrums. In Loser, Spinelli introduces us to Donald Zinkoff, an incredibly happy child, who has an unbounded, keen interest in anything newfangled or out of the ordinary. However, his relentless optimism and enthusiasm grates on his fellow classmates, who deem his slow aptitude for learning, uncontrollable laughter, and complete lack of athletic prowess as friendship determinants. Donald’s beloved family, who adore and support their wayward son, cushion his classmates’ mockery and criticism. Dubbed a ‘loser’ by fourth grade, Donald begins to fade into the background as middle school approaches, and the unique boy is divested of notice. Loser ends on a hopeful, redemptive note, however Spinelli is careful to maintain a distinct level of reality in the tale he renders, and has produced a novel that centers on a child deemed ‘different’ by his peers, giving him an endearing voice that delivers a pointed message.

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    Study Guide: Loser (eBook)

    Learning Links/Novel-Ties
    28 Pages, Grades 4 - 7
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    Study Guide: Loser (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.


     
  • Loser: A Literature Guide for Classroom Use (eBook) cover

    Loser: A Literature Guide for Classroom Use (eBook)

    Teacher Created Resources
    48 Pages, Grades 3 - 5
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    Loser: A Literature Guide for Classroom Use (eBook)

    This eBook Lit Guide contains a large assortment of classroom resources that will make developing important literary skills entertaining. Sectional activities, pre- and post-reading lessons, reproducible worksheets, and even quizzes and unit tests increase students' proficiency in understanding vocabulary, plot development, and characterization. This eBook Lit Guide involves ideas that are optimal for individualized reading and core literature.This eBook literature guide is an entry in the Teacher Created Resources Intermediate Lit Guides series, comprised of the following best-selling titles: The Sign of the Beaver; A Wrinkle in Time; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; The Best Christmas Pageant Ever; James and the Giant Peach; Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH; Dear Mr. Henshaw; Matilda; Loser; The Great Gilly Hopkins, 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.


     
  • Novel Study: Loser (eBook) cover

    Novel Study: Loser (eBook)

    Teacher Tested Educational Publications
    64 Pages, Grades 4 - 8
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    Novel Study: Loser (eBook)

    This Novel Study supports the superb novel, Loser by Jerry Spinelli. 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.


     
  • Literature Guide: Loser (Lit Links series) (eBook) cover

    Literature Guide: Loser (Lit Links series) (eBook)

    On The Mark Press
    64 Pages, Grades 4 - 6
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    Literature Guide: Loser (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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    Loser: End-of-Book Test (Standards Based) (eBook)

    Novel Units
    8 Pages, Grades 5 - 6
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    Loser: End-of-Book Test (Standards Based) (eBook)

    This Standards Based End-of-Book Test will engage students and reinforce their competency in analyzing text and critical thinking. Exam creation is nearly instantaneous - simply download, print, and test! Students will be benefitted by the integration of state test preparation with quality literature. In addition to saving time, energy and sanity, a teacher guide with answer key is provided, ensuring a straightforward teaching experience free of hassle. Educators will be thrilled by this reputable and inexpensive series from Novel Units!This End-of-Book Test eBook is an entry in the Novel Units series for Grades 5-6, comprised of some of the following titles: The City of Ember; The Devil's Arithmetic; Poppy; A Family Apart; The Lightning Thief; The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle; Pictures of Hollis Woods; Crash, and many more. All aforementioned eBooks, as well as the rest of the series, can be found by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button located to the left. Please note that the Terms of Use Agreement for Single-Use Classroom license allows a maximum of 30 copies of this student test per purchase download. The included Teacher Guide is non-reproducible.