Ramona the Pest

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Ramona has been waiting years just to get to kindergarten, and once she's there she wants everyone to know it. She pretends to snore during quiet time to prove what a good rester she is. She yanks on prissy classmate Susan's curls—not to be mean, but because their "boinginess" is so tempting. And she gleefully plays the baddest witch on Halloween.

Big sister Beezus and others call her Ramona the Pest. Perhaps they don't understand that a littler person sometimes has to be "a little bit noisier and a little bit more stubborn in order to be noticed at all."

Beloved author Beverly Cleary documents Ramona's hilarious—and heartwarming—struggles to make her way in a perplexing world. With gloriously fresh illustrations by Jacqueline Rogers created for this new edition, Ramona the Pest is the perfect tale for the spirited five-year-old in all of us.

Curriculet Details
33 Questions
19 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This curriculet, aimed at 4th graders, asks students to explore the thoughts and feelings of the irrepressible kindergartener at the center of the story. Students will relate to the thoughts and feelings they recently left behind, as they answer questions that help them summarize character traits and main ideas, link quotes and details to themes, and respond with their own thoughts and connections. This free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining characterization, point of view, and main idea. It also contains interactive videos and images that support comprehension. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of sibling relationships, growing up, and independence in a story starring the irrepressible Ramona Quimby. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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1. Ramona’s Great Day

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From this chapter, we can tell that Ramona 
Zwieback is a hard, sweetened toast that was a popular snack for babies. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does Ramona think she is going to get a present? 
A Victorian girl wearing her hair in spiral curls, perhaps like the ones in the stories Beezus likes. (This annotation contains an image)
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What is the "dawnzer lee light?" 
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We can infer from this detail that 
Ramona is struggling with the difference between how words SOUND and what they MEAN. If she thinks "attack" should mean "to stick tacks in people," what do you think she might think "escape" means? How about "idiom?" What other words might she confuse based on their sound? 
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Ramona 

2. Show and Tell

Liquid bluing is an old-fashioned remedy to make white hair or clothes, which often get yellowish with age, bright white again. This is a picture of an old-fashioned bottle of liquid bluing. (This annotation contains an image)
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Which statement best describes Howie and Ramona's friendship? 
A 1970 Chevrolet. Why are the students laughing at this name for a doll? Why does Ramona like it? (This annotation contains an image)
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It's clear from this section that both mothers 
This book was published in 1968, just as society started to make big changes about how it viewed the roles of boys and girls. Ramona was a popular heroine at this time because she didn't always conform to what a girl was "supposed" to do. Pay attention to the roles of boys and girls in this book, and when Ramona goes outside of them. 
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How does Ramona end up with a two-wheeler? 

3. Seat Work

Children playing "Gray Duck," a version of "Duck, Duck, Goose." (This annotation contains an image)
Mighty Mouse, a popular children's cartoon character. (This annotation contains an image)
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The story of Ramona's picture shows us that Ramona is 
Quiz #1 
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Ramona is a creative person. Describe the confusion she has about letters that almost gets her in trouble with Miss Binney. Use details from the text in your answer. 

4. The Substitute

Henry Huggins is another beloved character in Beverly Cleary's books. You can read his story in the 6-book "Henry Huggins" series. (This annotation contains an image)
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Which of the following best describes how the author helps us understand Ramona? 
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Ramona is often described as having a "runaway imagination."  What does this mean?  Tell how Ramona's imagination runs away with her in this scene.  
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Which of the following best describes the change in Ramona's mood during and after her trip to the principal's office? 

5. Ramona’s Engagement Ring

What does Ramona think rain boots are for? What does her mother think they are for? What does this say about Ramona? (This annotation contains an image)
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This sentence says that Ramona's feet were "suddenly much lighter."  Which best explains why? 
Oxford saddle shoes. These were popular school shoes in the 1950s and 60s, and are often part of school uniforms today. (This annotation contains an image)
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This scene shows what important main idea of the story? 
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Describe how Ramona's boots get her into trouble. Use details from the text in your answer. 
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Which of the following is NOT something that Henry Huggins felt during this chapter? 

6. The Baddest Witch in the World

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How does Ramona know that Halloween is coming? 
A witch mask. (This annotation contains an image)
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Which of the following is NOT one of the mask's effects on Ramona? 
How does Howie behave in this scene? How is his behavior similar to the scene with Ramona's bunny in the chapter titled "Show and Tell?" 
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How has the author described Susan?  Why does Ramona think Susan's costume is just right for her?  Use details from the text in your answer. 
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This sentence supports which theme of the story? 
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Which of the following is MOST important to Ramona? 
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7. The Day Things Went Wrong

Ramona sees her loose tooth as a symbol of growing up. What else is a symbol of growing up? 
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Why doesn't Ramona see anyone else when she heads to school? 
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"Ramona loved Miss Binney for understanding."  Which of the following best describes why Ramona loves Miss Binney? 
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Is Ramona really a pest?  Why or why not? 
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Does it surprise you that Ramona says, "I can't?" Why or why not? 
What exactly is the crime of "acting big?" Do you think it is really the worst crime in kindergarten? (This annotation contains an image)
What exactly is the crime of "acting big?" Do you think it is really the worst crime in kindergarten? (This annotation contains an image)
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This paragraph shows which theme of the story? 

8. Kindergarten Dropout

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In the first sentence of this passage, the word contradicted probably means 
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How would Miss Binney describe Ramona? Use details from the text and think about the way Miss Binney treats Ramona in the story. 
Ramona thinks a "dawnzer" is a lamp. Why does she think this? Do you remember a time when you confused a word for a long time? (This annotation contains an image)
Lyrics to "The Star Spangled Banner", national anthem of the United States. (This annotation contains an image)
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Think about Ramona's reason for not returning to school. Do you think Miss Binney does not like her?  
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This passage tells us that 
A truant officer is a person who works for the police department and goes around to pick up kids who aren't in school, or contacts their parents to make sure that everything is all right. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why is Ramona drawing sets of three pictures, then circling two and crossing out one? 
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The "Q" with a tail and ears is important to Ramona.  Why is it important that Miss Binney wrote the Q this way on Ramona's letter? 
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