I am a teacher looking for higher level thinking questions for each chapter of Ginger Pye. I work with third grade students who are gifted.
I was dissapointed that this site did not offer more in the way of discussion questions. I am new to teaching and would appreciate some guidance/help as soon as possible. I hold a literature discussion group once a week. Please, help!!! Thank you ahead of time for your thoughtful consideration.
I am also looking for questions to go along with Kensuke's Kingdom.
I also have been frustrated when I haven't been able to find teaching materials for a book on eNotes. However, I encourage you to keep using this fantastic web site. Right now eNotes has only what are called quicknotes on this book, but eventually there may be a lesson plan and a study guide. Don't give up. The eNotes lesson plans are fantastic and provide many different activities. It will be worth your wait.
You've done the right thing by posting a question because there are many talented, well-read teachers on this site. Someone will be able to help you.
In the meantime, check out the eNotes Teaching Bank lesson plans (linked below). These are lesson plans for elementary literature classes. Here's how the web site describes them:
Designed to meet the needs of students in grade 6 and below, each lesson plan features day-by-day teaching plans, a student packet featuring study questions, vocabulary worksheets, end of book activities and discussion questions, as well as a teacher's answer key to the student packet.
Hi! I am also endorsed to teach gifted kids...aren't they a handful? :) While I have not read Ginger Pye, my suggestion to you is to teach them Bloom's Taxonomy and let them write their own questions. They absolutely love playing teacher, and often the questions they write are better than the ones I come up with for them. They will also give you ideas for questions with which you can supplement the lesson. Don't forget to allow them to explore all the mulitiple intelligences...create a soundtrack for the book, illustrate the book in comic book format, choose one scene and paint a picture depicting it, create a bookmark with the single-most important scene or character illustrated on it, rewrite the ending or one of the chapters, how would the book be different if one of the characters were never introduced or if another character showed up? You get the idea. Put the responsibility of learning in their court...I love doing Socratic Seminars in my learning groups. It works great for gifted kids. Give them each a job the day before, and have them come prepared for the next day--jobs included "wordsmith" (look up any unfamiliar or interesting words) "passage master" (focusing on interesting wording or diction and why the author used it), etc. Google "Socratic Seminars" for more ideas.
Again, not specific to Ginger Pye- Bloom's is great. A way I use these in my regular classroom is the same for each chapter- but produce different outcomes. Have each student predict before they read the chapter [this requires they build on what they know and get them thinking]. Then [in my room] they read independently and pick 3 questions [based on a general list of Bloom's] and write them in a "partner question" section asking specifically about that chapter. They met together to discuss they questions they each have and answer their questions if they can. Then they reflect on their prediction. Open ended questions are AMAZING- usually they produce some very interesting questions and responses.
google search blooms taxonomy question stems- they give you verbage to use, and examples :)