Ramona Forever

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Ramona's third-grade year is off with a bang when Howie Kemp's rich uncle Hobart returns from abroad. From all the whispers between Mrs. Quimby and Ramona's aunt Beatrice, it's clear that the grown-ups have a secret—but whether it's to do with Uncle Hobart or Mrs. Quimby's suspicious tummy bulge remains to be seen.

Ramona has a lot on her mind: Beezus's teenage moods are driving everyone crazy, family pet Picky-picky hasn't been looking too well, and Mr. Quimby's new job offer might mean a big move. But all these worries vanish in the light of not one, but two exciting announcements.

Beverly Cleary's beloved Ramona Forever is as timeless as its title. In this new edition, with fresh, funny illustrations by Jacqueline Rogers, Ramona Geraldine Quimby is pesty, brave, blunderful, and wonderful—forever!

Curriculet Details
30 Questions
22 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in the fourth grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining unfamiliar terms as well as annotations to build background knowledge. It also contains videos that support comprehension, such as videos explaining the Common Core standards point-of-view and character development. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the topics of point-of-view, vocabulary, and character development. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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1. The Rich Uncle

The Arabian Nights is a collection of stories that is thousands of years old. The tales are stories from Persia, Arabia, India, and Asia. The tales include fairy tales, adventures, and legends.  (This annotation contains an image)
The text states that "The Quimbys were a family who had to worry about money." What does that reveal to you about the Quimbys? 
Why does Ramona dislike Uncle Hobart? 
An accordion is a musical instrument that is played by pulling the sides apart and then pressing them back together. (This annotation contains an image)
What does the word "harassed" mean in this  statement from the text: "Hobart, turn off the oven and take out the pie while I attend to Howie," directed harassed Mrs. Kemp. 
A brace and bit is a hand tool that is used for drilling.  (This annotation contains an image)

2. Ramona’s Problem

The fish that customers order in restaurants has already had the bones removed. Fresh fish cooked at home has hundreds of bones. These bones can be tiny and sharp! You have to be very careful when eating fish that has not had the bones removed.  (This annotation contains an image)
What does the idiom "eats like a bird" mean? 
Before you read the next section of the chapter, please watch this video that explains point-of-view. Later in the chapter, you will be asked to answer a question regarding point-of-view.  (This annotation contains a video)
Ramona believes that Mrs. Kemp does not like her. However, Mrs. Quimby offers a different point of view. She thinks that Mrs. Kemp feels frustrated because she has things other than babysitting that she would like to do with her life. Now, recall  that the video explained that culture can influence point-of-view. Which point of view is better supported with evidence from the text? Use specific examples from the story in your response. 
According to the story, Beezus has offered to babysit Ramona because she is upset with her after-school friend for insulting their dad. She also suspects that mom might be expecting a baby, and she shares this news with Ramona. Finally, she asks Beezus to leave so she can study. What can you tell about Beezus?  

3. Being Good

Soap operas are television dramas involving multiple characters. They used to be the only thing on television during the daytime. They got the name SOAP opera because most of the commercials that came on during the shows were advertising soap products. Here is a short clip from a popular soap opera that would have been on during the time that Ramona Forever was written. Watch the clip and you will see why Ramona would not have enjoyed watching soap operas.  (This annotation contains a video)
What does "unusual courtesy" mean in this highlighted statement from the text?  
Why did Ramona think "being good was boring?" 
Pizzaface is a very unkind word to call someone. Throughout the text, Beezus has been concerned with the bumps on her face. These bumps are a normal part of growing-up, but they are usually upsetting to teens. When Ramona calls Beezus this, she does not fully understand the meaning of what she has said. All the same, being called "Pizzaface" is very hurtful to Beezus as it would be to anyone! 
Why did Beezus and Ramona pretend that nothing was wrong when their parents came home? 
Quiz 1 

4. Picky-Picky

Why does Ramona have to "summon courage" to touch Picky-pick? 
A trowel is a tool that is used for digging small holes such as when planting flowers or vegetables. (This annotation contains an image)
What does the phrase "cats have nine lives" mean? 
Why is Mrs. Quimby "used to seeing Ramona covered with dirt?" 
Some people believe that the "middle child" of the family gets overlooked. The oldest child in the family gets attention, the baby of the family gets attention, but the middle child is stuck in between. Ramona will become the middle child when the new baby is born. She is worried that she will no longer get the attention that comes with being the baby of the family. (This annotation contains an image)

5. “It”

Zwieback is a crunchy biscuit given to babies when they start to grow teeth. Zwieback is German for "twice baked."  (This annotation contains an image)
In Greek mythology, sirens are mysterious creatures who lure others with their beautiful music. Later in your school career, you will read these ancient Greek stories in which the sirens create many problems! This is a picture of a 2,000-year-old Greek vase. On this vase is a scene from a Greek myth; the sirens are portrayed as bird-like creatures.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why was Ramona stunned by "the miracle of that little kick"? 
What does the word vague mean in this  sentence: "Sagebrush, I guess." Mr. Quimby was vague. "Juniper, lava rocks. I don't know."  
Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote a series of children's books that told of her life growing up in a pioneer family. There was even a popular television show based on her books named "Little House on the Prairie."  (This annotation contains an image)
In this chapter, the author writes that "Nothing in the world is worse than unhappy parents." What are some of the reasons the Quimbys are "unhappy" in this chapter? Please cite evidence from the text when writing your response.  

6. A Surprise, Sort Of

At the time Ramona Forever was written, there were no cell phones or other electronics. Families had telephones in their homes that either had a push button dial or a rotary dial. A rotary dial was tricky to use. Sometimes your fingers would slip out of the dial when you were on the last number, and you would have to start all over!  (This annotation contains an image)
When Ramona says, "Oh, a little bird told me," what does she mean? 
Alaska is the home of the Trans-Alaskan pipeline that carries oil 800 miles across the state. Over 28,000 men were employed to construct the pipeline. This was during a time when jobs were hard to find in the rest of America. Like Uncle Hobart, many men moved to Alaska to find work in the oil industry. This picture was made during the construction of the pipeline.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Ramona starting to feel differently toward Uncle Hobart? 
How does Uncle Hobart's point-of-view about the wedding differ from the point-of-view of the women in the family? 

7. The Chain of Command

A three-way mirror allows you to see yourself from multiple angles at one time.  (This annotation contains an image)
Read this sentence from the text: She danced on, twirling to make the myriad Ramonas twirl. What does the word myriad mean? 
Why were Beezus and Ramona "impressed" when Uncle Hobart bought double scoops of ice-cream with nuts for all of the kids? 
A buttonhole is on the lapel of a man's suit. During a wedding ceremony, it is customary for the men involved in the wedding to wear flowers pinned to the buttonhole of the lapel.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz 2 

8. The Families Get Together

What does the author mean when she writes that Uncle Hobart was speaking "as if he were speaking to a crew in the oil fields"? 
Uncle Hobart and Aunt Bea are upset with one another in this section of the chapter. Are they really angry at each other over the forgotten flowers, or is there a bigger issue? Before writing your answer, you might find it helpful to re-read this chapter. Make sure you use specific examples in your response.  
Champagne is traditonally used to toast at celebrations such as New Years Eve or weddings. It is not for children so Uncle Hobart is making a joke when he says that he is ordering champagne for the third graders.  (This annotation contains an image)

9. Ramona Saves the Day

Why does the family not feel like eating the sandwiches? 
A nosegay is a small bouquet of flowers.  (This annotation contains an image)
The vestibule of the church is a hallway that leads to the sanctuary where the wedding will take place.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Ramona say Aunt Bea was "almost floating on the arm of grandpa"? 
Why does Ramona feel so joyful? 

10. Another Big Event

Watch this video on how an author develops characters in a book. While you watch, think about Ramona and how she has changed throughout Ramona Forever. At the end of the chapter, you will be asked to answer a question about character.  (This annotation contains a video)
Why did Ramona cry when her mother went to the hospital to have Algie? 
Why does Ramona "feel her heart pounding?" 
The maternity ward of the hospital is where the mothers and newborn babies are kept. Younger children are usually not allowed to visit because they carry germs that could make a newborn baby very sick.  (This annotation contains an image)
How could the doctor that "prescribed" Ramona's "treatment" be described? 
Years ago when women had babies, they were expected to stay in the hospital several days. Now, this has changed, and the new mom and baby come home in a day!  (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Ramona suddenly feel "love and sympathy" for Roberta? 
Earlier, you watched a video that described character development and how characters change throughout a book. Think about Ramona. How did her character change in Ramona Forever? You might find it helpful to consider how her point-of-view about Uncle Hobart and the arrival of the new baby changed. Cite evidence from the text when you write your response.  
Quiz 3