Cynthia Lord’s Rules explores the complexity of family dynamics, especially when a family includes a member with a disability. Catherine’s twelfth summer does not look promising, as her best friend Melissa away, and now Catherine has to look after her sweet little brother David, a child with autism. There are so many rules for social behavior for David to master, and Catherine finds it difficult to teach him. Through accompanying David to his therapy sessions, Catherine meets a handicapped boy, named Jason, who cannot speak. Employing her artistic skills, Catherine begins to make word cards for Jason, helping to expand the young teenager’s world, and a strong bond develops between the two of them. Catherine also meets Kristi, a “cool” new neighbor, and is delighted when Kristi befriends her. She tries to keep her new friends apart, but when her worlds collide at the community center dance, Catherine discovers how deep her friendships truly run, and the makings of a true friend. Lord’s novel is a sensitive exploration of growing up, dealing with disabilities, and testing relationships.
Created to benefit newer middle school students with a greater understanding and appreciation for literature, this Learning Links Novel-Ties guide will encourage and train students for more complex reading in the future. Pre- and post-reading activities and worksheets are supplied on a chapter-by-chapter basis, which allows students to become comfortable with the majority of literary devices. A story synopsis and worksheet answer key is provided for educators. Novel-Ties guides are a reputable supplementary resource for both guided and differentiated reading.This eBook is an entry in the Novel-Ties Literature Guides series for Grade 5, constituted of the following additional titles: Bridge to Terabithia; Island of the Blue Dolphins; My Side of the Mountain; The Pinballs; Tuck Everlasting; Sign of the Beaver; The Phantom Tollbooth; From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; The Fighting Ground; Matilda; The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle; In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson; Lily's Crossing; The Borrowers; The Whipping Boy; Toliver's Secret; Bloomability; On My Honor; Summer of the Monkeys; Among The Hidden; Castle in the Attic; The Wanderer; Call It Courage; Amos Fortune, Free Man; Crash; Becoming Naomi Leon; Bud, Not Buddy; Seedfolks; Esperanza Rising; George Washington's Socks; Crispin: The Cross of Lead; Among the Imposters; Fever 1793; Pictures of Hollis Woods; Surviving the Applewhites; Al Capone Does My Shirts; Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!; The Boy in the Striped Pajamas; Three Cups of Tea; Elijah of Buxton; Marley, A Dog Like No Other; Rules. All precursory Novel-Ties eBooks can be found by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.
Containing numerous literary activities such as worksheets and vocabulary games, this Student Workbook/Study Guide is integral to benefiting students with the skills they need to prepare for state standardized tests. Lesson plans can easily be organized from an array of reproducible exercises shaped to enhance critical thinking skills and analytical competency.This eBook is an entry in the BMI Level 1 Literature Guides series, comprised of the following titles: Al Capone Does My Shirts; The Cay; Chains; Copper Sun; The Giver; Holes; The Lightning Thief; The Watsons Go to Birmingham; Rules; No Talking; Flush; Diary of a Wimpy Kid; Graveyard Book; Al Capone Shines My Shoes; Three Cups of Tea; Esperanza Rising. All aforementioned eBook Literature Guides can be viewed by clicking on the ‘View All In Series’ button to the left.