The Beast in Ms. Rooney's Room
It's September again.What does it mean for Richard "Beast" Best to be left back? It means being teased by his old friends while he's stuck facing the same old teacher in the same old classroom. He even has to take a special reading class with "babies" like Emily Arrow and Matthew Jackson. And just like last year, he can't help getting into trouble.But with the help of Mrs. Paris, the reading teacher, Beast starts to enjoy reading and just might find a way to help the second grade win the school banner for best class.
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What does it mean for Richard Best to be "left back"? Do you think his friends will tease him about repeating the same grade this year?
How does Richard most likely feel as he sits in the same classroom again this year?
How does Richard feel about being the only kid in his class with baby top teeth? Do you think it affects his self-esteem? Why or why not?
Based on the details in the text, why does Ms. Rooney stop calling names and look in Richard's direction?
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The first-grade boy probably wants to cry because ______________.
Look at the picture. How does Emily react to Richard poking her?
Watch the video to learn about character traits. As you continue to read, think about the character traits of Richard and Emily. Are there any similarities in their characters or are they completely different? (This annotation contains a video)
What do you predict is the reason a new teacher comes to Ms. Rooney's room? Could she be Ms. Rooney's replacement or maybe a substitute teacher?
What is Mrs. Paris's role at the school?
Protagonist vs. Antagonist: A protagonist is the main character of a story. The antagonist is the character who is in conflict with the main character. Is Emily the protagonist or the antagonist?
What do the details in the text reveal about Mrs. Paris?
Do you believe what Mrs. Paris says, that "Everybody's good at something"? What are you good at?
Why does Mrs. Paris give the kids "baby readers" with five words on the first page?
Each time Richard sees his old class, what is he reminded of?
What kind of attitude does Richard have about the play? What does this reveal about his character?
Read the poster below to learn more about onomatopoeia. Can you find an example of onomatopoeia on this page of the story? (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Emily get in trouble by Mrs. Kettle?
Dialogue is the conversation between two or more characters in a story. Click through to watch this video on YouTube to learn more about dialogue and why authors use it in their writing. (This annotation contains a video)
Based on the details in the highlighted text, what assignment did Mrs. Paris give her reading class?
Make Connections: Have you ever tried a fig? If so, did you like it?
Why is Richard's picture of a star NOT correct?
Does Richard's picture of an "arrow" have a short a sound?
How might Richard feel about his drawing especially since Mrs. Paris let him hang it on the bulletin board?
Do you think President James K. Polk was an important man? Why or why not? (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Richard hide the book with the red cover? Choose the BEST answer.
Why does Richard lie about having to do the book report on James K. Polk? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
How does Richard use what he learned from his sister to his advantage in the confrontation with Drake?
Superlative adjectives compare three or more nouns. In this sentence 'shortest' and 'biggest' are used to compare Wayne to all of the other kids in the class. Look at the poster below. There are several ways to form superlatives. Read the examples on the poster. (This annotation contains an image)
Will Emily and Richard be able to win the banner for their class or will it take a class effort to win the banner? Explain your answer.
Do you think Drake is a good name for the mean fish? Why or why not?
It sounds as if the kids in Ms. Rooney's class need some ideas on how to win the BEST CLASS banner. List one way the kids could win the banner.
Make Connections with Characters: Have you ever felt like Richard? Have you ever thought you might have hurt someone's feelings?
What is the most likely reason that Jill is absent from school?
Which realistic event occurs in the highlighted text that you can relate to? Choose the BEST answer.
Realistic fiction is a type of genre where the stories are made up, but they contain some realistic features. The characters in realistic fiction do normal things just like you. Watch the video to learn more about realistic fiction. (This annotation contains a video)
Make Predictions: Do you think Richard is going to get in trouble with the plane? If so, how will it affect his class winning the banner?
Why does Richard continue to make planes and throw them out the window?
How does Richard feel about Matthew being his spelling partner? What evidence from the text supports your answer?
Why does Richard like for his sister to go over his spelling words in order? How does mixing them up affect his ability to spell the words correctly?
Why does Richard think that spelling is easy? How do you think he will do on his spelling test?
What does Richard mean by saying this?
Who do you think the surprise is for that Richard left in his desk?
"Drake followed him. He was banging on the wall with a wooden pass."Look at the picture. How does the picture relate to the words in the text of the story?
Why do the kids in Richard's class cross their fingers and toes? What are they hoping for?