STARGIRL, by Jerry Spinelli

by ReaderKidZ on July 27, 2010

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Even though, in this book,  the protagonist’s age exceeds that of the upper age range of the typical ReaderKid, we’ve found that Spinelli’s STARGIRL connects with many upper elementary aged readers in a powerful way. Stargirl offers a multitude of literary elements to discuss, interesting characters to consider, and a plethora of potential supplemental lessons to enjoy.

To access a guide created by Rosemary Pillsbury of  www.galeschools.com focusing on chapter-by-chapter vocabulary development, an in-depth comprehension check, and integrated curriculum activities click here. Stargirl Teacher Guide

For a great Literature Guide created by teacher.scholastic.com based on Blooms Taxonomy (Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation), as well containing instructions to make a greeting card game and structure for a  public speaking project access this link . Literature Circle Guide for STARGIRL

Lastly, create acrostic poems for each character. Acrostic poems are great fun to write. They are basically descriptive poems that can be as long as the poet wants to make them. Here’s the catch, however. When read downward, the first letter of each line must form a word or phrase, usually the subject of the poem. So, be certain to choose words that illustrate literary elements that pertain to each particular character…the subject of each poem.  Stargirl Acrostics

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