Jacqueline Rogers illustrated this book with pen and ink drawings. Notice how she captures the moods of the characters as the story is told. Learn more about Jacquline Rogers at this website. (This annotation contains a link)
Which detail hints that Beezus and Ramona do not always get along?
How does Beezus know that something is wrong with her mother and father?
The girls know something is wrong. This realization creates a feeling of tension for the reader. Watch this video to better understand tone and mood in a story. Decide which has changed more, the author's tone or the mood of the story.
What event changes the mood of Chapter 1 from the beginning to the end?
2. Ramona and the Million Dollars
The importance of family is a major theme of this book. Watch the video to learn more about theme and how it develops in a story. Pay attention to details about the Quimby family throughout the book. (This annotation contains a video)
What do you think Ramona plans to do to make a million dollars?
There are thousands of advertisements that use child actors and actresses to sell their products. Watch this vintage AlphaBits commercial from 1974 staring Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5. If you saw this commercial, would you like to try AlphaBits cereal? (This annotation contains a video)
Based on what has happened in the classroom, what do you predict Ramona's teacher will tell Mr. Quimby about Ramona? Use examples to support your answer.
When burdock plants dry out, they become brown and prickly. Can you see why Ramona finds these interesting? (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following details is not one that Ramona's teacher used to describe Ramona?
Why does Ramona agree to let her father cut off the burs?
Old sayings often make people curious about what they mean. Read some other old saying from a lady like Mr. Quimby's grandmother. Are any of the sayings still used today? (This annotation contains a link)
Ramona and Her Father, Chapters 1-2
3. The Night of the Jack-O’-Lantern
How does the previous illustration reflect the mood of the Quimby family?
People can be very creative when carving jack-o'-lanterns. Watch this video about making different kinds of pumpkin decorations. Why do you think Mrs. Quimby brought up the idea of carving jack-o'-lanterns?
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A whetstone is a stone used to sharpen knives. (This annotation contains an image)
Why was Ramona still damp under her pajamas?
Who did Ramona hear in the kitchen?
What did Beezus do that is not typical of her character?
The average price for a pack of cigarettes is $5.51? Beyond the cost, what worries Beezus about her father's smoking habit?
Look at this chart to see how much money Mr. Quimby could save by quitting smoking cigarettes. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Ramona need her old panda bear to comfort her to sleep?
The author chooses to use words like "trudged" to describe the way Ramona moves, this impacts the story's tone. Which word illustrates the tone of Chapter 4?
Ramona is working hard to try to convince her father to stop smoking. Do you think she could get some ideas from this website? (This annotation contains a link)
Why does Beezus offer to help Ramona make anti-smoking signs?
The author uses foreshadowing to hint at the plan Beezus and Ramona are plotting. Foreshadowing adds tension and excitement to the story. Watch this video to learn more about foreshadowing. (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Mr. Quimby continue to smoke when his daughters try to convince him to stop?
Mr. Quimby did not intend to be late. Sometimes unemployment offices are very busy and people have to wait in long lines. Below is a photograph of a line of people who are looking for jobs. (This annotation contains an image)
What does Mr. Quimby's tossing his cigarettes on the counter foreshadow?
The Interstate Bridge crosses the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington. It is a unique bridge because is has a lift that raises a portion to let large ships underneath. This can cause backups in traffic. Can you see why Mr. Quimby felt is was not practical to stop in the middle of the bridge? (This annotation contains a video)
Ramona and Her Father, Chapters 3-4
5. Beezus’s Creative Writing
The "Quimby women" are excited to hear Mr. Quimby is giving up smoking. Smoking is a difficult habit to break because it is addictive. Ramona tries to help her father by throwing away his cigarettes, but Mr. Quimby says he wanted to "cut down gradually" over time. Do you think Ramona's plan or her father's plan work best?
The term ditto machine gives you a clue to when this story took place. Ditto machines used a chemical to make copies of papers and worksheets. These were popular in the 1970s and 1980's. Today we use photocopiers or share documents online. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Beezus call Mrs. Swink?
This video illustrates how you can make the tin-can stilts Mrs. Swink describes. Tin-can stilts are fun to play with and used recycled materials. Before planning to make this toy, ask an adult for permission and help. (This annotation contains a video)
Beezus will probably write her story about
Why didn't Howie approve of Ramona calling Mrs. Swink a "pieface" while they played with the tin-can stilts?
Why do Ramona and Howie decide to sing the "Ninety-Nine Bottles of Beer" song?
Which Quimby is in a good mood at the end of the chapter?
Many Christians celebrate Christmas, a holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, with Nativity scenes. Below is a photograph of children performing in a Nativity scene. Ramona does not think she will be part of a Nativity scene until she is older. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Ramona chosen to be a sheep for the Nativity scene?
Why is Ramona angry at her father?
Hyperbole is the use of exaggeration. Mr. Quimby does not really think Rmaona will suffocate in her messy room. He is exaggerating to make a point. Watch the video to hear some other examples of hyperbole. (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Ramona think her family is unhappy?
Finding happiness as a family is a major theme of the story. Families come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. Mr. Quimby says, "No family is perfect," but says family's work at being happy. What are some things that make the Quimby's a happy family? (This annotation contains a video)
7. Ramona and the Three Wise Persons
What details indicate how the mood in the Quimby household changes after Mr. Quimby gets a job? Use textual evidence to support your answer.
"There's a Little Wheel a-Turning" is a folksong. Play the video clip to listen to move versus of the sone. Why might Mr. Quimby choose to sing this song on the way to the program? (This annotation contains a video)
Why is Ramona's mood so terrible?
How does the quote from the text, "My ears are as good as theirs" foreshadow for plot?
In the Nativity story, three wise men follow a star in the sky to find the baby Jesus. Mrs. Russo casts three girls to be the Three Wise Persons. How might this event change Ramona's mind about performing? (This annotation contains an image)
Why can Ramona now be in the program?
Ramona and Her Father, Chapters 5-7