Ribsy

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Henry Huggins's dog, Ribsy, is hopelessly lost in a huge shopping mall parking lot. It's raining hard, the pavement is slick, horns are honking, and drivers are shouting. When Ribsy thinks he has found the Hugginses' new station wagon at last, he jumps in the open tailgate window and falls asleep, exhausted. When he wakes up find himself in the wrong car, lots of little girls pet him and make plans to give him a bath. All Ribsy wants to do is go home to Henry. Instead, he's about to begin the liveliest adventure of his life.

Curriculet Details
47 Questions
44 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 4th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining parallelism, author's craft and monitoring comprehension. It also contains interactive videos that address imagery and grammar. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of citing textual evidence, plot elements, and characterization. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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1. Ribsy and the Hungry Flea

Fleas are wingless insects with mouthparts adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood. Fleas are external parasites, living off the blood of mammals and birds.  (This annotation contains an image)
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When did Ribsy's troubles begin? 
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Why won't Mrs. Huggins allow Ribsy to ride in the new green station wagon?  
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From whose perspective is this story being told?  
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Why can Henry NOT go to the park with Ramona and Beezus? 
Do you know a dog that can do this trick? (This annotation contains an image)
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How would you describe Ramona's personality? Use details from the text to explain your response.  
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Persistent means refusing to give up or let go. How is Ribsy being persistent at this moment?    
A simile compares two distinct objects using the words "like" or "as." Watch the video to learn more about similes and metaphors.  (This annotation contains a video)
Most people like the smell of a new car. Ribsy, however, cannot stand the smell. This is an example of irony. To learn more about irony, watch the video clip below. (This annotation contains a video)
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What does Ribsy love about Henry?  
An onomatopoeia is a sound effect word. Look at the poster containing more onomatopoeic words.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What is Ribsy's favorite smell? 
Personification gives a thing, an idea or an animal human qualities. In this sentence, giving the car the emotion of anger is an example of personification because a car can not be angry. Anger is a human characteristic. (This annotation contains an image)
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As you read this part, did you notice anything unusual about the car that Ribsy gets into here? What did you notice? 
Parallelism, or parallel structure, is the use of components in a sentence that are grammatically the same or similar in their construction, sound, meaning or meter. In this sentence, the words "hugging," "petting," and "pulling" cause this sentence to have parallel structure. 
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What does Ribsy notice about his surroundings? 

2. The Cleanest Dog in the U.S.A.

Pedigree means being "pure bred." In dogs, it means that a poodle is bred with another poodle to produce a "pure bred" poodle. A dog that is not a pedigree would be a mutt.  (This annotation contains an image)
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This detail indicates that ________________. 
Patience is a good quality to have. How might patience help Ribsy on his journey to get back home? 
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What can you infer about the water running into the bathtub? 
Here is another example of parallel structure, or parallelism. The sentence is similar in construction. The word "and' is used to join the two sentences. Watch the video to learn more about parallelism.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Look at the picture. How does Ribsy seem to be feeling at this moment? 
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How does Ribsy feel? 
What is the mood of the kids? How can you tell how they feel? 
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What does Ribsy usually do at the Hugginses' house that he cannot do at the Dingley house? 
What might have caused the flea to be "stunned by its experiences"? 
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The highlighted text is an example of __________________. 
Quiz 1 

3. Ribsy and Mrs. Frawley

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Why is it difficult to describe Ribsy? 
The story shifts to what is happening with Ribsy in this paragraph. He finally gets away from the Dingley home, now let's see where he goes next. 
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What does the smell of coffee remind Ribsy of? 
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Why does Mrs. Frawley let Ribsy come into her house? 
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How do you think Mrs. Frawley feels about Ribsy showing up at her back door? Use textual evidence to support your answer. 
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Based on this detail, what day of the week is it? 
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Why did Mrs. Fawley stop taking the newspaper? 
What do you predict is in the paper that would have interested Mrs. Fawley? Keep reading to find out. 
What do you think Mrs. Fawley is going to show at the meeting? 
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How does Ribsy feel after Mrs. Frawley tells him to say his "prayers"? 
Parallel structure is used in this sentence. As you read, try to pick out places where parallelism is used. 

4. Ribsy Becomes a Mascot

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Why did Mr. Dingley NOT call the Huggins family sooner? 
Have you ever lost a pet? How do you think Henry feels now? 
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What type of structure is used in this sentence? 
The author incorporates real dog behavior in this story. A real dog would most likely follow children to school, especially if they are carrying food. (This annotation contains an image)
A cloak is another word for a jacket or coat. So, a cloakroom is a closet used for storing coats. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why did Ribsy stand up? 
Can you tell this story is written in the past? It is set in a time when the milkman would bring fresh milk to your door. Now, in our present time, we buy milk at a grocery store. (This annotation contains an image)
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Describe Ribsy's pleasant life. Write the events of his day in the correct sequence by using evidence from the text. 
A mascot is something, especially a person or an animal, that is used to represent a sports team or special group. (This annotation contains an image)
This detail suggests that something bad is going to happen. 
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What do you predict will happen next? 
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"Ch-ch-ch-ch" is the chattering sound of the squirrel. This sound word is an example of _________________. 
Arithmetic is another word for math. In the past, math was referred to as arithmetic. Go to www.dictionary.com and look up the definition of arithmetic. (This annotation contains a link)
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Why does Ribsy NOT understand what he did wrong? Cite textual evidence to support your answer. 
"Clang" is another example of onomatopoeia. When we read the word "clang," we hear a sound like two cymbals hitting together. 
Quiz 2 

5. Ribsy Goes to a Football Game

Lassie is a fictional female Collie dog.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Describe how Ribsy feels about being lost. What are some things he likes about it? What are some things he dislikes about it? 
Where is Ribsy now? How do you know? 
Here is another example of Ribsy's patient nature. 
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What do you think that being a "southpaw" means? 
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What kept Ribsy waiting at the stadium gate? 
The highlighted text is an example of parallelism. 
Notice the author's use of imagery. Visualize the scene as you read. Also, check out the video to learn more about why authors use imagery.  (This annotation contains a video)
A metaphor compares two distinct objects, without using "like" or "as." The boys and girls are compared to a screaming, yelling mob. This comparison lets the reader know that the boys and girls are loud and excited. 
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Why does the football game seem fun to Ribsy? Use textual evidence to support your answer. 
Do you think Ribsy wil be in the local newspaper? How could this help Henry find him? 
These are examples are onomatopoeia. 

6. The Famous Dog

This detail suggests that Henry has a paper route. Could he be delivering the paper that contains the article about Ribsy at the football game? 
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The highlighted words are examples of ________________. 
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Why does Joe slam the refrigerator door? 
Can you visualize what Darlene looks like due to the author's use of imagery? 
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Why does Ribsy take a stroll around the neighborhood? 
Do you think this is what Henry's house sounds like in the morning? Why or why not? 
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What type of business does Joe's father own? 
Below is a photo of a Blue Chip stamp book.  (This annotation contains an image)
Did you predict that Ribsy would be in the paper? 
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The highlighted text is an example of _____________. 
Who do you think is on the telephone for Joe? 
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Did you predict it was Henry on the phone? Why or why not? 
Why does Henry believe if he talks to Ribsy on the phone that Joe will know he is the owner of Ribsy? 
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What is Ribsy's reaction to Henry's voice? 

7. Ribsy and the Apartment House

The scene shifts to what is happening with Ribsy now. 
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How does Ribsy feel? 
"Evicted" means to be kicked out from a property. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does Larry wish Ribsy was a "big, cross dog?" Use evidence from the text to support your answer. 
The author uses another example of real dog behavior. 
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Which word is an example of onomatopoeia? 
Who do you think will come to Ribsy's rescue? 
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How do the body and fender men know Larry? 
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Why does Mr. Huggins give Larry part of the reward money? 
Why does Mr. Huggins let Old Lady Kreech know Ribsy is theirs? 
Quiz 3 
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At the beginning of the story, Mrs. Huggins did not want Ribsy in the new car. Why do you think she lets him ride in the car now?