What is Nick trying to prove when he brings this point up with Mrs. There was too much fuss about it p. Students should include the word, a definition, phonetic spelling, part of speech, use in a sentence, and other criteria found in dictionaries. Allow students to choose a social media platform such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. Most of his work to date has been picture books, including books written for school reading programs and adaptations from a children's television show, Real Monsters. Present Time At the end of the novel, Nick and Mrs.
What does he plan to do with it? The ingredients on a shampoo bottle p. If someone else wants to use that word for advertising — such as the way Bud Lawrence wants to use frindle to sell his pens — then he has to pay money to the person who invented the word and has had the law protect it. The students sense that a battle is being waged between Mrs. Give them time to brainstorm, then provide them with materials such as double-sided tape, ribbon, yarn, pom-poms, or any other material they can think of. To change the name of pen to frindle p.
How would the word spread if the novel took place today? First, his friend Janet finds a fancy gold pen lying in the street. She perhaps realized that students love to rebel, and that the angrier she seemed in the notice, the sillier she sounded. After majoring in English at Northwestern, Clements earned a master's degree in Education and taught for seven years in both grade school and high school. Granger a fifth grade teacher was small, what made her look giant? He became more careful with his ideas p. Might there be a better reason, an educational or philosophical reason? Sand trailed out into the hallway p. However, with power comes the need for responsibility.
Granger had asked the students to stop saying the word and Nick had encouraged it p. While initial questions in a close reading may focus on the literal level, in subsequent readings questions require more advanced thinking. Granger, though she plays the role of the villain, secretly enjoys watching the progress of the word — as it becomes more and more popular — just as she enjoy watches the sunset. Granger is notorious among all the fifth grade teachers — for being strict, yes, but mostly for her love of words and of the dictionary. He believes in his cause a great deal. Cancel the membership at any time if not satisfied. When the frindle thing is all over p.
This could be a good thing, because it might mean that the school starts serving better food. Provide evidence for your answers. Granger has a special surprise for the all-grown-up Nick, inventor of the word frindle. Student Handout Print the Frindle Literature Circle Questions printable. Granger, on the other hand, knew something about how words come into the language, and perhaps realized that, although unlikely, Nick's new word was taking a course not unlike other words in history, words that had long ago become part of the language. What do you think his motives are — to only cause trouble? How can someone own the rights to a word? One can imagine that, given Nick's creative way of thinking, he might go on to invent something the world needs, or perhaps start a business. It wasn't until he was 35 that he began to write his own books.
Nick is smart, but he is not a teacher's pet — he does his own thing. Before creating text-dependent questions, select a text that's complex quantitatively readability levels , qualitatively how language is used or knowledge demands placed on students , or complex based on your purposes. Perhaps keeping all those students after school was a similar technique: it was a way to punish students — because she had to pretend that she wanted them punished — without doing anything that would be too severe or would break their spirits. Why does he think twice about testing out his new idea: protesting the poor food in the cafeteria? This begins a battle with his language arts teacher as he tries to get everyone in his school to say it. Social Media Frenzy The novel Frindle took place in 1987, way before technology as we know it. Use file folders or construction paper to fold into a front-opening 'gift.
It is a creative experiment in language. Suggested Answers to Literature Circle Questions Use these questions and the activities that follow to get more out of the experience of reading Frindle by Andrew Clements. Explain how this is different from owning a bike or a pair of sneakers, or even a pet dog. How does the story change from beginning to end? Chatham's mind about the uses of the dictionary, and to show that what he's trying to do by using the word frindle is not meant simply to annoy his teacher. Afterwards, bind the book and allow students to use it as a reference. Even though it's unlikely that Nick knew entirely what he was getting into, he seemed to have a hunch that he was onto something special - people liked the word, the idea behind it; the people who read the newspaper articles about Nick and saw him on television seemed to like the story, that it came from the mind of one kid.
Have students create their own special pen for use during writing linked to reading the novel. We hope you glad to visit our website. Granger on the first day of class to stall the lesson? Author Information Andrew Clements is a passionate advocate for books and reading. Second, he is reminded of a discussion he had earlier in the day with Mrs. Granger into wasting time on the first day of school, has to prepare a report on the history of the dictionary. Note: We cannot guarantee that every book is in the library. Hasn't it taken on a life of its own? Through rereadings, all question levels must be addressed.