Muggie Maggie

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A curse on cursive! Maggie doesn't really mean it when she vows never to read and write those wiggly, squiggly, roller-coaster letters. After all, she uses the computer. But everybody seems to be taking her revolt very, very seriously.

Maggie's parents say she'll enjoy it once she starts. Her teacher doesn't want to listen when she points out how untidy grown-ups' handwriting can be. And her classmates think it's a riot when her first try at signing her name makes it look like "Muggie." Now Maggie is too embarrassed to back down. Why can't she just go on printing her whole life?

Newbery medalist Beverly Cleary has penned a wise and funny book, filled with the perceptive humor that has earned her generations of fans.

Curriculet Details
16 Questions
7 Annotations
1 Quiz

This curriculet, geared toward 3rd graders, explores a story of a young girl whose teacher comes up with a clever way to teach her cursive writing. Common Core based questions ask students to describe characters, tell events from the story, summarize main ideas, and connect images to the story. This free digital curriculum contains annotations helping students make connections throughout the story. 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 struggling to learn, telling the truth, and growing up. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1

Where did Maggie get her dog, Kisser? 
To "forecast" something is to tell what's coming up. You usually hear it in the term "weather forecast," but in this case it just means to predict something. (This annotation contains an image)
How does the picture show that Maggie is contrary? 
In this sentence, running errands probably means 
Why is Maggie upset? 

Chapter 2

Why does Mrs. Leeper say cursive writing is like a roller-coaster? 
The handwriting of many left-handed writers slants backward instead of forward. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 3

Which two words best describe Maggie's mother? 
In this passage, Maggie says, "Some people were Gifted and Talented, and some people weren't.  At least, that was what teachers thought."Do you think that is true?  Why or why not? 
A psychologist is a person who talks to you to figure out what you are feeling and help to solve your problems. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 4

Make a prediction. Do you think Maggie will back down? Why or why not? 
This is a different cover of the book Muggie Maggie. How does this picture connect to what the book is about? (This annotation contains an image)
Why is the book called Muggie Maggie? 

Chapter 5

Why does the book say that Mr. Schultz was "annoyingly cheerful?" 
What is the purpose of the picture of Maggie right before this line? 
A meter maid is a person who checks parking meters and gives parking tickets. Do you think Maggie would not have to be neat and accurate to be a meter maid? (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 6

What is wrong with the words in the picture? 
Why does Maggie suddenly find cursive interesting? 

Chapter 7

What is the meaning of the word shabby? 
Do you think the teachers know that Maggie is reading their notes?  (This annotation contains an image)
What does Maggie do to her parents after practicing cursive writing? 

Chapter 8

Why is Maggie angry? Is Mrs. Leeper really being mean? 
In this sentence, what does the word indignant mean? 
Final Quiz