The Best Christmas Pageant EverBy Barbara Robinson<br />The Herdmans, terrors of the town, take over the annual Christmas Pageant with surprising results, for both the town and the Herdmans. <br />" . . . outrageous, lively, funny, and wonderful . . . " --The Denver Post<br />" . . . could become a classic, one of the best Christmas books ever." --Publisher's Weekly<br />
Introduction<br /><ul><li> Go to the following link to learn about the Christmas story.
Mrs. McCallum will show you a video of the Nativity Story. While you watch, think about how that story would look as a play acted by children in a church. </li></ul>http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1051232961298677286#<br /><ul><li>There are 6 Herdman children in the story: Ralph, Imogene, Ollie, Claude, Leroy, and Gladys</li></li></ul><li>Materials<br /><ul><li>Virtual reading journal
Laptop computer with internet access</li></li></ul><li>Before Reading<br /><ul><li>Look through the story and notice how often the author uses italics. Authors put words in italics for emphasis. Find a friend and read an italicized part out loud.
Look at the picture on the first page. In your reading journal, write a character description of the people you see there. Include: who they are, where they may live, what they may do for fun, etc..</li></ul>Vocabulary ~ Click on the link to explore the vocabulary you will need for the first chapter.<br />Vocabulary. <br />
During Reading<br /><ul><li>Read Chapter 1 pp. 1-14
Choose one of these questions to write about in the class blog. Tell which question you are answering by writing the question number in the title. Answer the other two questions in your virtual reading journal. Save that page as Chapter 1.
Look back on page 12. What was Alice's nickname and why?
What rule was made at school because of Claude Herdman?
Look back to the bottom of page 4. Is it a Herdman telling the story? What is the name we use for the person telling the story?</li></li></ul><li>During Reading<br /><ul><li>Read Chapter 2 pp. 15-24
Choose one question to answer in the blog and answer the other two in your virtual reading journal.
Question 1 ~ What made the Herdman’s want to go to Sunday school? Who’s “fault” was it?
Question 2 ~ What tactic did the Herdmans use to get into the movie theater?
Question 3 ~ Who is Charlie’s sister? Use an example from the story that helps you know you are right. </li></li></ul><li>During Reading<br /><ul><li>Read Chapter 3 pp. 25-37
Get back into your small group of 3 and talk about this:</li></ul>How will the Christmas pageant turn out?<br /><ul><li>In your reading journal, draw a picture of one of the scenes in this chapter. </li></li></ul><li>During Reading<br /><ul><li>Read Chapters 4 & 5 pp. 38-59
Do you think the title of this book is a good one? Why or why not?
Who is the person on the cover of the book? How do you know?</li></li></ul><li>After Reading<br /><ul><li>Make a Venn diagram in your reading journal comparing yourself to one of the Herdman kids.
You will write a bio poem about one of the Herdman kids. This poem will be saved to your virtual reading journal. I would like you to print your final version as well. We will make a class book of these poems. Check out the following site to see examples of bio poems.
Finally, ask your teacher for a copy of the final test.
Upon completion, you can enjoy some beyond reading experiences.</li></li></ul><li>Beyond Reading<br />Go to the following webpage to find out more about Barbara Robinson:<br />http://usawrites4kids.drury.edu/authors/robinson/<br />The following is a link for the script The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. A script is what actors read to put on a performance. Read through the script noting the differences between it and the story. You will have to copy and paste this address into the address line on the internet. <br />http://books.google.com/books?id=pquyPWxBCIYC&pg=PA4&lpg=PA4&dq=script+for+the+best+christmas+pageant+ever&source=bl&ots=kGhZEctS4T&sig=BHIMUUBMwsjCR3bRXe8owGBMPAU&hl=en&ei=AgIRTZq7BML7lwfy0NT8Cw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CDsQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=script%20for%20the%20best%20christmas%20pageant%20ever&f=false<br />Which character would you like to play if we put on the play? Why? Tell a friend!<br />Create a program for the pageant. <br />