Because of Mr. Terupt
It's the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School. There's . . . Jessica,the new girl, smart and perceptive, who's having a hard time fitting in; Alexia,a bully, your friend one second, your enemy the next; Peter,class prankster and troublemaker; Luke,the brain; Danielle,who never stands up for herself; shy Anna,whose home situation makes her an outcast; and Jeffrey,who hates school. Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all. He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn't let them get away with much . . . until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everything-and everyone. From the Hardcover edition.
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Because of Mr. Terupt, by Rob Buyea, is a story about one year in the life of a fifth grade class at Snow Hill School. The story is narrated by seven students, each with a unique personality, yet they are all positively impacted by their new teacher, Mr. Terupt. As you read, think about a special teacher who has made a huge impact in your life and the characteristics that the teacher shares with Mr. Terupt.
Peter can best be described as ____.
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How does Jessica feel about being the new kid in school?
As you read, think about the character traits of the students in Mr. Terupt's class. The following video will show you how to track a character's actions and feelings. (This annotation contains a video)
Explain how to play the "Dollar Words" activity that Mr. Terupt's students are playing. Is this a game that you would enjoy? Why or why not?
What do you think of Alexia? Is she genuinely trying to be friends with Jessica? Is she someone you would want to be friends with?
What can you infer as to the reason why Jeffrey doesn't like school?
Think of a time when you were bullied or teased at school. What advice would you give to Danielle?
Which of the following details reveal that Anna is shy?
The periodic table of elements is tabular arrangement of the chemical elements. The following image shows all of the elements on the table. Have you learned about any of them at school? (This annotation contains an image)
The students in Mr. Terupt's class are experimenting with plants based on different variables. Read the definition for the term "variables" and explain what it means in regards to the plant experiments.
In Luke's explanation of the plant experiments, he explains that the class is studying phototropism (how plants grow toward light), and geotropism (how plants grow toward the ceiling. The following video will show examples of phototropism and geotropism. (This annotation contains a video)
Why is Jeffrey now going to try harder in school?
Pay attention to the highlighted passage because it explains why Anna is shy and tries to hide from others.
What can you infer as to why Mr. Terupt partners Anna and Danielle together?
Where the Red Fern Grows is a 1961 novel by Wilson Rawls about a boy who buys and trains two Redbone Coonhound hunting dogs. Have you read this classic children's novel? (This annotation contains an image)
Why are the sections of the book that are narrated by Jessica titled as Acts and Scenes in a play?
The highlighted passage reveals how Anna and her family have a bad reputation. Do you think it is fair of others to judge Anna and her mother? In what ways is she portrayed as a nice person in the story?
Describe the character of Alexia, focusing on her personality traits. Refer to details in the story to explain the ways in which she manipulates and takes advantage of others.
Every story has a narrator or narrators, and a point of view, the perspective from which a story is told. The perspective can be from different people or one person. There are two main types of point of view. First-Person: The narrator uses first person pronouns such as “I”, “me”, and “my” to tell the story. The narrator is a character in the story. The following video will explain third-person point of view. (This annotation contains a video)
How does Mr. Terupt deal with class discipline problems?
Are you familiar with the book, The Summer of the Swans? The following video is a book report of the story that will help you understand the plot and themes as you read about Mr. Terupt's class project of the story. (This annotation contains a video)
Click on the word "ostracized" and read the definition. Which of following is an example of a character in the story being ostracized?
Think about the students in Miss Kelsey's special needs class. In what ways are they special and unique? Do any of them surprise you?
Read the highlighted passage. What can you infer about Jeffrey's relationship with someone named Michael?
Think about the things you have learned about Jessica's father. Do you notice any similarities between her family life and Anna's?
Describe the setting of Miss Kelsey's Collaborative Classroom. Include details from the text about the thoughts and actions of Mr. Terupt's students when they visit the classroom.
Do you know anyone who has autism? Every day, our brains interpret the things we see, smell, hear, taste, touch, and experience. An autistic person has trouble interpreting these things, so it can make it hard to talk, listen, understand, play, and learn. Read the definition on the following image to help you understand this common disorder. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following makes Danielle realize that Jessica is a true friend?
Have you noticed any themes developing in the story? The following video will show you how to identify a theme in a story. (This annotation contains a video)
Read the highlighted passage. How is Mr. Terupt feeling when his class agrees to invite the Collabarative Class to their party?
Read the definition for the Ramadan holiday. Are you familiar with this holiday? How is it similar to and different from other holidays that you celebrate? The image below shows a Ramadan celebration. (This annotation contains an image)
Read the highlighted passage and explain the lesson that Mr. Terupt wants Jeffrey, Danielle, Anna and Jessica to learn when he places them in a group with Lexie.
Pay attention to the highlighted passage. Think about Lexie's actions when Mr. Terupt has finished disciplining her. Do you think she will change and be nicer to her classmates? Make a prediction.
Luke's reaction to Peter's pranks can be described as _______.
As you read, think about the different perspectives of each of the seven students as they describe the same event. Compare and contrast each student's point of view and think about how their different viewpoints help you understand the events in the story. For example, how is Lexie's description of her discipline problem different from the way Luke describes it?
Why does Lexie feel that she has to be mean to others?
Think about Jeffrey's story about his brother Michael. Jessica's words in the highlighted passage are very meaningful to Jeffrey. No one has ever told him that it's not his fault that his brother died, so he blames himself for this. Now you have some understanding as to why Jeffrey is often angry.
How does Anna feel when she asks Danielle and Jessica to come to her house?
Throughout the story, you have been asked to refer to details in the text when making inferences. Do you need some practice drawing inferences? The following video will help clarify how to draw inferences based on textual evidence. (This annotation contains a video)
Now that you have gotten to know each of the seven students in Mr. Terupt's class, which student is your favorite? Why?
Worry dolls are small and colorful dolls traditionally made in Guatemala. People tell the dolls their worries and then put them under their pillows at night. The following image shows what worry dolls look like. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Danielle too chicken to ask her mom if she can go to Anna's house?
How do Mr. Terupt's students feel about the class party that they have earned? Think about a time when you had a class party. Were you as excited at the students in the story?
Click on the word "prejudge" and read the definition. Which student in the class has been prejudged by some of the families in the community?
Read the highlighted passage and think about the reason why Luke is angry with Peter. How does Luke feel when another student outshines his intelligence?
Jeffrey's home life can be described as _________.
Read the highlighted passage. Do you get the feeling that something bad is going to happen? Make a prediction.
What is the meaning of the phrase, "He squawked like a dying seagull"?
Read the definitions for the word, "chucked." Another meaning for chucked is to throw something very hard and fast. Think about the significance of this meaning as you continue the story.
How would you summarize the snowball fight and the ending of Part One?
As you read, think about how each student is feeling and reacting to the news that Mr. Terupt is in a coma. What can they do to get through this difficult time?
Which adjective best describes how Luke and Jeffrey are feeling about Mr. Terupt's condition?
Pay attention to the highlighted passage. What theme in the story is revealed?
A visit to see Mr. Terupt in the hospital forces the children to be ___________.
Based on the highlighted passage, you can infer that Anna's mom has known Danielle's brother, Charlie, for quite some time. Does this surprise you? How do you suppose they know each other?
What do Danielle and Anna's mother have in common?
The following book trailer for Al Capone Does My Shirts, will familiarize you with this young adult novel about legendary gangster, Al Capone. After you watch the trailer, think about whether or not you think this a book Mr. Terupt would enjoy reading. (This annotation contains a video)
Explain how Mr. Terupt helps Danielle, Alexia, Anna and Jessica to become friends. Include details and examples from the text to support your answer.
Alexia goes to the hospital alone, while her classmates have all had friends or family accompany them. Think about how courageous Alexia is for going to the hospital alone. What theme do you notice?
Anna's mother can be described as_______.
Anna and her mother have a very close, loving relationship. Think about the ways in which their parent/child relationship is different from those of her classmates. Which students are close with their parents? Which students have a distant relationship with a parent? Did you notice this as a theme in the story?
The students in Mr. Terupt's class each feel that they are __________.
The temporal region of the brain is involved in several functions of the body including the sense of hearing, memory, speech, emotional responses, and the sense of vision. The following image shows where the temporal region is located in the brain. (This annotation contains an image)
Summarize what you have learned about Mr. Terupt's background during Luke's conversation with Dr. Wilkins.
Think about the description of spring in Connecticut as you read the highlighted passage. Do you think that spring will bring good health and healing to Mr. Terupt?
Why is Danielle shocked that Charlie is having coffee with Anna's mother?
Think about all the ways in which Mr. Terupt's students have made a difference in the lives of Miss Kelsey's students. Do you think Mr. Terupt would be surprised by this, or do you he think he knew his students were special enough to make a difference?
What is the meaning of the phrase, "We had each made the choice to make him (Peter) invisible"?
Analyze the meaning of the phrase, "Things happen for a reason." What does it mean in the story? What does it mean in your personal life?
Describe how Mr. Terupt teaches Anna to be positive.
Think about a time when you tried to change someone's opinion. What approach did you take? Did you succeed? Do you predict that Danielle's mom and grandma will change their opinions about Anna and Terri?
Which of the following sentences is an example of first-person point of view?
The highlighted passage is significant because it reveals how Mr. Terupt doesn't have any family present during his surgery. What do you suppose is the reason for this? Which of his students can relate to his family situation?
Which of the following is a theme in the story?
As you read about the students telling stories about Mr. Terupt and the impact he has made on their lives, think about all of the qualities that make him a special teacher.
Which of the seven students in the story is your least favorite? Why?
Click on the word "anticlimactic" and read the definition. Do you think the ending of the story will be anticlimactic?
It can be inferred that Mr. Terupt and Ms. Newberry __________.
Think about Jessica's mother's viewpoint on who is at fault for Mr. Terupt's accident. Do you agree with her?
How is Jessica feeling when her mother tells her that the divorce is not her fault?
Now that you are approaching the ending of the story, watch the video for the book trailer of Because of Mr. Terupt. As you watch, make connections between the text and the visual presentation of the book. For example, do the characters look the way you picture them in your mind? (This annotation contains a video)
Describe a special teacher you have had who has had a positive impact on your life. What qualities does your special teacher share with Mr. Terupt?
Mr. Terupt has changed the lives of each of the seven students in his class. Which student do you think has changed the most because of Mr. Terupt?
What is the meaning of the phrase, "The ball lay in Mrs. Roberts's court"?
What do you think of the ending of the book? Are there any questions you feel have not yet been answered? Watch the following book trailer for the sequel, Mr. Terupt Falls Again. Are you excited to read it? (This annotation contains a video)