Ramona's World

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Ramona Quimby is sure fourth grade will be "the best year of her life, so far." She can show off her calluses from swinging on the rings in the park, sit across the aisle from the boy she calls Yard Ape, and enjoy her cheerful new teacher, Mrs. Meacham. Most exciting of all, Ramona has a new best friend, Daisy.

Fourth grade doesn't turn out quite the way Ramona has hoped. Mrs. Meacham wants her to improve her spelling. Ramona also must be a good role model for her baby sister, Roberta. And Mrs. Quimby wants her to spend more time with, the super-perfect Susan. Fourth-grade life isn't always easy, but it's full of adventure, and at the end of it all- a "zeroteenth" birthday to celebrate!

Curriculet Details
22 Questions
23 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring text-based evidence and comparing, as well as annotations explaining figurative language and asking questions. Students will explore the themes of family and believing in yourself. 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. Ramona Spreads the News

This is the eighth book in the Ramona Quimby series by Beverly Cleary. Beverly is an award winning author of many books. This website gives you more information about this award-winning author.  (This annotation contains a link)
Ramona is very excited at the start of this novel. Which sentence from the novel shows why she is excited? 
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? 

2. The Role Model

Using the Define feature, determine the meaning of mentally. Which sentence below means the same as the sentence on the page "She mentally groaned"? 
Ramona talks with several friends at recess. Her conversations have some similarities and differences. This video will explain how to compare and contrast two objects, events, or characters.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which statement below explains the contrast between Ramona and Beezus in this chapter? 
Now that Beezus is out of the room and Roberta is settled, Mrs. Quimby is trying again to understand Ramona's foul mood. 
How does Roberta's interaction with Ramona affect her? 

3. At Daisy's House

Are you wondering what diaper Mrs. Quimby is folding? Some people use disposable diapers that get thrown in the trash after one use. Others like Mrs. Quimby use cloth diapers like the one pictured below. Cloth diapers are washed and reused.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Daisy's Dad "...hope Jeremy never finds a wounded skunk"? 
Although Jeremy calls Daisy a name, he does give up the television to her. 
How is Daisy's house different from Ramona's house?  

4. The Invitation

You may be asked to find text based evidence to support an answer to a question. What does this mean? The video below will explain. (This annotation contains a video)
Based on Ramona and Beezus' conversation above, what do their parents think about getting ears pierced? 
Earlier Ramona thought Beezus' life was perfect. Now she is learning that Beezus is unhappy. 
Quiz for Section One 

5. The Princess and the Witch

How does the illustration help your comprehension of this section of the chapter? 
"Thump" and "crack" are examples of onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia is a form of figurative language where the words sound like they are read. This rap will help you remember this term.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which sentence below contains onomatopoeia? 
Ramona's version of the story is a hyperbole. Hyperbole is an exaggerated statement not meant to be taken literally. In this instance, the ceiling will not cost a bazillion dollars to fix! 
Ramona has a way of finding the positive in all situations. Write about two bad events that happened to Ramona and how she turned them into positive events. Be sure to include text-based evidence in your response. 

6. The Party

Do you think Mr. Quimby is the best person to give Beezus dancing lessons? Read on to find out if the lessons paid off. 
What is a wallflower as it is used in this section of the story? 
Beezus is comparing Mrs. Alexander's hair to the scouring pads below.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why is it important to Ramona that "...Beezus is still sensible on the inside"? 

7. The Grown-Up Letter

Beverly Cleary uses several sequencing words in this paragraph to let you know that time has passed. "As the winter rains beat..." and "day after day" are clues that a good bit of time has gone by in fourth grade. 
What does Mrs. Meacham mean when she wrote, "Ramona's spelling will improve when she decides she wants it to improve"? 
The advertisement makes it seem like a satisfied customer wrote the letter, but Ramona and Daisy think the tax company wrote it themselves. Do you think a company would make up a letter in an advertisement? 
How do you know that Yard Ape likes Ramona? 

8. Peas

Theme is the underlying message in a story. This video explains theme.  (This annotation contains a video)
What theme is emerging in this novel? 
Quiz for Section Two 

9. Ramona Sits

Ramona is working hard to convince her mother to let her cat-sit. Do you think her Mom will let her? 
Mrs. Kidd said she had "a zillion things to do." What type of figurative language is this an example of? 
The green light on the toothbrush does not provide much light for Ramona to see. (This annotation contains an image)
Do you think it is harder to sit for Clawed or Roberta? Use text-based evidence to support your answer. 
The "Three Little Kittens" rhyme seems to be calming Roberta down. Do you think Ramona will be able to free her head? (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Ramona want to be a cheerleader? 

10. The Valentine Box

Ramona's family likes her just the way she is. Ramona could use some advice, like the quote from Dr. Seuss below.  (This annotation contains an image)
The website below gives several Valentine's Day poems. Read through them and think about which one Ramona could use in Yard Ape's valentine.  (This annotation contains a link)
If you were able to give Ramona advice, which poem from the above website would you tell Ramona to use? Why is that poem a good choice for Yard Ape's valentine? 

11. Birthday Girl

Spring is a time of changes and new beginnings. How is Ramona changing? This video explains how characters change.  (This annotation contains a video)
How has Ramona changed in this novel? 
This illustration helps you see how the party is set up. 
Ramona is feeling indignant. Which word below is an antonym for indignant? 
Ramona never considered Susan's point of view. Have you ever thought someone else's life was perfect only to find out it is not? 
The most important event of a story is called the turning point, or climax. What is the climax of this novel, Ramona's World? Explain why you think the event you choose is the climax. 
Quiz on Section Three