1. Use chapter titles to
2. Rewrite a paragraph
in your own words. Compare to the original. What do you like better about each
3. Rewrite a paragraph
and add details to the sentences.
4. Study alternation of
narration and dialogue in a chapter. Rewrite the chapter using all narration and
then using all dialogue. What effect does this have on the reader?
5. Study the opening
paragraphs in each chapter. How is anticipation created? Study the ending
paragraphs. How do they effectively provide a transition to the next chapter?
6. Look for good
transitions between paragraphs.
7. What are the parts of
8. Do the quotes at the
beginning of each chapter add to the book? Why or why not?
9. Look at the bibliography
and footnotes. Study the format used.
10. How does the research help
or not help the book?
11.Write an index to the book.
12. Find statements that
are facts and statements that are opinions. How do you know the difference?
13. Choose one of the
opinion statements and write your own opinion.
14. Choose one of the
facts statements and do further research on this fact.
15. Find a paragraph or
sentence that paints a picture for you in your mind. Draw or paint the picture
16. Rewrite several pages,
changing from first person to third person.
17. Write about a time you
were afraid or cautious.
18. Write about a time you
19. Write a letter to the
editor of a newspaper about the homeless.
20. Make a chart of the
different kinds of sentences (i.e. declarative, imperative,). Find sentences in
the book and list on the chart.
21. Find examples of
metaphors, similes, ontomotopeia, and personification.
23. Make a timeline of the
events in the book.
24. Choose an event and
dramatize it. Write it as a play or skit.
25. Write a picture book about
26. Retell story in your own
27. Make a list of scary
28. Make a list of funny
29. What are some of the
emotions the author experienced in her adventure with the homeless?
-- What do you know about New York
City? Have you ever gone there?
-- Go to the library to find out information about New York City (use books,
encyclopedias, internet). Suggestions: population, tourist attractions,
-- Compare New York City with your hometown.