Pleasing the Ghost

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Newbery Medal winner and master storyteller Sharon Creech spins a wonderfully funny and tender tale, now with fresh and gorgeous new cover art! As nine-year-old Dennis confronts the ghost of his uncle Arvie, Arvie's eccentric antics and wonderful wordplay keep the reader laughing. But at its tender heart, the story reveals the holes left in our lives when we lose the ones we love.

Ever since nine-year-old Dennis's dad died, a veritable parade of ghosts has been passing through his bedroom. When the ghost of his uncle Arvie blows into his room on a warm breeze, Dennis isn't surprised, but Uncle Arvie is the first ghost who wants something from Dennis.

Dennis would love to help Uncle Arvie, but he can't quite understand what Uncle Arvie is asking for. What, for example, is "Fraggle pin Heartfoot a wig pasta"? Dennis has to find out, because this is one ghost who isn't going to leave until he gets what he came for.

Uncle Arvie's antics and Dennis's attempts to please his ghost form the heart of this touching story.

Curriculet Details
15 Questions
15 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring point of view and summarizing, as well as annotations describing figurative language and asking questions. Students will explore the themes of overcoming loss and problem solving. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

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1. With the Wind

Sharon Creech is an award-winning author who lives in Maine. She has written many books and gets her ideas from experiences she had as a child. If you want to learn more about Mrs. Creech and her novels you can check out her website. (This annotation contains a link)
How is Dennis alerted that a ghost is about to appear? 

2. The Ghost

Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 
Use the Define feature to determine the meaning of waggled. Which sentence below uses waggle in the same way it is used in this sentence? 

3. First Please

What genre, or type of story, are you reading? This video explains the many genres in literature.  (This annotation contains a video)
Pleasing the Ghost is an example of a _____________ novel. 
This is what Uncle Arvie may be doing with his hands to signify binoculars. What other sign does it look like? (This annotation contains an image)

4. Deester in the Wig Pasta

Why does Uncle Arvie use a different language than Dennis? 
Did you think Uncle Arvie would be able to push the vase of flowers off of the table?  (This annotation contains an image)
Why is this highlighted section written in italics? 

5. Second Please

It is important to determine from which point of view a story is written. This will help you better understand the characters. This video explains the different points of view in literature.  (This annotation contains a video)
From which point of view is this story told? 
Quiz for Section One 

6. Hammering the Needle

While Dennis is enjoying his time with Uncle Arvie, he still wishes his father would visit. Finding out that ghosts cannot steer makes Dennis hopeful that this is the reason his father has not been to see him yet. 
Which line below is spoken by the narrator? 
Dennis just learned that there are limits to what Uncle Arvie can do. 
What does Dennis' work on this painting tell you about him? Use details from the novel to support your answer. 

7. Beany Booger

Can you imagine how Colin and Aunt Julia are feeling seeing a wonderful box of chocolates with the centers smashed?  (This annotation contains an image)
Which sentence below uses geezer the same way as it is used in the highlighted section? 
As you read you are seeing Dennis handle various situations. His responses to events in the story help determine traits that describe his character. This video explains character traits.  (This annotation contains a video)

8. Nod Mailer

Dennis knows who threw the rock through his window yet he does not tell his mother. What does this tell you about Dennis' character? 

9. Needle for Heartfoot

Several themes are emerging in this novel. What is a theme? This video will explain.  (This annotation contains a video)

10. Third Please

What theme is emerging in this novel? 
"Ow" is an example of a type of figurative language called onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia are words used to imitate a sound. Look for other examples in this novel.  
Quiz for Section Two 

11. Dundering Trampolink

Which definition below explains how spade is used in this sentence? 

12. Boodling Chinkapink

Sometimes you will be asked to write a summary of a book or chapter. This video explains how to write a good summary.  (This annotation contains a video)
Write a summary of Chapter Twelve, Boodling Chinkapink. 

13. Mailer, Mailer

Billy is so excited to see a ghost. Why do you think this is such a big deal for him? 

14. A Wish

Why is the author not allowing Dennis to complete his statements? 
Think about the woman in this painting in comparison to Dennis.  (This annotation contains an image)
Compare the woman in the painting to Dennis. Include how they are alike and different. Be sure to use evidence from the painting and this novel in your response. 
Quiz for Section Three