Ramona the Brave

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Bravely and fearlessly, Ramona Quimby approaches first grade, but in short order she's upset by her mother's return to work, a teacher who doesn't understand her, and what appear to be monsters under the bed. What else could possibly go wrong?

Well, plenty. Whether she's proudly defending older sister Beezus from the taunts of sixth-grade boys or enduring a copycat classmate, Ramona has never felt so misunderstood. Will she give in to her frights—or will she exhibit the spunk her family warmly believes she possesses?

Beverly Cleary draws a loving portrait of a little girl learning to face down her fears. With lively new illustrations by Jacqueline Rogers, this vibrant edition of Ramona the Brave is a delight.

Curriculet Details
20 Questions
26 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 3rd grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining construction terms, dyslexia, and figurative phrases. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about character development and conflict. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of diction, setting, and character development. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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1. Trouble in the Park

In Beverly Clearly's stories about Ramona and Beezus, one of the sisters is always written as the protagonist. Here is a short video that explains both protagonists and antagonists. (This annotation contains a video)
In modern language, the phrase "preaching a sermon" describes a lengthy speech delivered with great passion, by any person, to an uninterested audience.  (This annotation contains an image)
Who is the protagonist of this story? 
The word "chagrined" means that you feel distressed or humiliated.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why was Ramona's afternoon so unhappy? 

2. Mrs. Quimby’s Secret

The term pest may refer specifically to harmful animals but is often taken to mean all harmful organisms including insects, weeds, fungi, and viruses.  (This annotation contains an image)
How would you describe Ramona to someone who had never read about her? 
"Varlet" is an old term that means a dishonest or unprincipled man. It was commonly used in the 15th century, when this illustration was made.  (This annotation contains an image)
What does the word "liberated" mean the way Beezus used it? 
The point of view a story is told from is important. Here is a short video that explains point of view. (This annotation contains a video)

3. The Hole in the House

What point of view do we read in Ramona the Brave?  
Notice how the illustration below matches the highlighted text. Ramona and Howie are drawn to look larger than everything else.  
Building a new room on to an existing house can be a big project to complete. Here is a video of a construction company showing just how much preparation has to happen before you finish the foundation.  (This annotation contains a video)
What does the term "secondhand" mean? 
Quiz 1 

4. The First Day of School

This book is very character centered. Here is a short video that describes how characters develop during a story.  (This annotation contains a video)
Why are the students laughing at Ramona even before she tells her story? 
Did the first day of Show and Tell happen the way Ramona had imagined all summer?  
This passage shows the differences in Ramona's and Howie's characters. Ramona exaggerates and uses figurative language. Howie is more literal in both thought and language. Here is a short video that explains these different types of language. (This annotation contains a video)
This sentence is an example of what kind of language?  

5. Owl Trouble

People that read words backwards have what's known as dyslexia or developmental reading disorder. it is characterized by difficulty with learning to read fluently. it is the most common learning disability and several people, including the famous, have dyslexia. Some famous people who have been diagnosed with dyslexia include Danny Glover, Cher, Tom Cruise, and Whoopi Goldberg.  (This annotation contains an image)
What had Ramona's class been studying when Mrs. Griggs allows them to start their art project?  
In the illustration above, is there anything added to the scene that was not described in the story? If so, what is new? 
Owls include about 200 species of mostly solitary and nocturnal birds of prey. They have an upright stance, a large, broad head, binocular vision, binaural hearing, and feathers adapted for silent flight. Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds, although a few species specialize in hunting fish. They are found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica and some remote islands. (This annotation contains an image)
Ramona is in the middle of some conflict. Here is a short video that talks about both internal and external conflict.  (This annotation contains a video)
What kind of conflict does Ramona have in this chapter? 

6. Parents’ Night

Knitting is a method by which thread or yarn is used to create a cloth. Knitted fabric consists of a number of consecutive rows of loops, called stitches. As each row progresses, a new loop is pulled through an existing loop. The active stitches are held on a needle until another loop can be passed through them.  (This annotation contains an image)
Does Ramona like to have Howie's grandmother babysit her? Why or why not? 
Cursive writting is any style of penmanship in which the symbols of the language are written in a conjoined and flowing manner, generally for the purpose of making writing faster. However, not all cursive copybooks join all letters.  (This annotation contains an image)
Does Ramona's family understand why she is so upset that Susan copied her owl?  
The phrases "chin up" and "It will all come out in the wash" are examples of figurative language. They mean: don't fret and everything will work out. 
Quiz 2 

7. Alone in the Dark

This sentence personifies the weather. Here is a short video that explains personification. (This annotation contains a video)
Throughout the book, Ramona has been trying to grow up. This makes her a dynamic character. This video explains dynamic characters. (This annotation contains a video)
What is being personified in the highlighted sentence?  
The fear of the dark is a common fear among children and, to a varying degree, of adults. Fear of the dark is usually not fear of darkness itself, but fear of possible or imagined dangers concealed by darkness. Some degree of fear of the dark is natural, especially as a phase of child development.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Ramona afraid to tell everyone about being afraid of the dark? 
Human whistling is the production of sound by means of carefully controlling a stream of air flowing through a small hole. Whistling can be achieved by creating a small opening with one's lips and then blowing or sucking air through the hole.  (This annotation contains a video)

8. Ramona Says a Bad Word

What does this highlighted sentence do? 
What do we learn about Ramona in this passage? 
This is another example of figurative language. Ramona is not actually attacking words. 
Toliet water is a lightly scented perfume used as a skin freshener. It is also referred to as "aromatic waters". It is usually applied directly to the skin after bathing or shaving. It is considered a weak perfume. Toilet waters are usually named after a principal ingredient like Geranium Water, Lavender Water, Lilac Water, or Violet Water. Toilet water is designed as a "body splash" that is applied liberally, especially after showering.  (This annotation contains an image)
Who do Ramona and Beezus hate being laughed at by within this chapter? 

9. Mr. Quimby’s Spunky Gal

Stucco is applied wet and hardens to a very dense solid. It is used as decorative coating for walls and ceilings and as a sculptural and artistic material in architecture. Stucco may be used to cover less visually appealing construction materials such as concrete, cinder block, or clay brick and adobe.  (This annotation contains an image)
A hall monitor or traffic boy is a student volunteer in a school who is charged with maintaining order in the school's corridors. They may be either students who are chosen for the position because they are responsible, or they may be chosen from all available students.  (This annotation contains an image)
In the illustration above showing Ramona leading the Pledge of Allegiance, what is the mood? 
The temporary slipper Ramona is creating is very similar to disposable slippers you can find in some hospitals, salons, hotels, and airports.  (This annotation contains an image)
Before large school buildings had PA systems where the offices and classrooms could communicate through monitor speakers, each room had its own corded telephone.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz 3