Dear Mr. Henshaw (Novel Study Guide)

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  • eBook Order #: CCP2514
  • Print Book Order #: CC2514
  • Both eBook & Print Book Order #: CC+P2514
  • ISBN13: 978-1-55319-447-7
  • Grades: 5, 6
  • Reading Level: 5-6
  • Total Pages: 55
  • Author: Marie-Helen Goyetche

  • Explore the ultimate first-person narrative through the eyes of a young boy and his tale of self-discovery.

    Our resource is developmentally appropriate for students with special needs who read at a lower grade level. Students predict who Mr. Henshaw might be, and why he would be receiving a letter. Find antonyms to the vocabulary words found in the novel. Answer multiple choice questions about Leigh. Students become Leigh and write their own list of questions for Mr. Henshaw. Solve the mystery of the lunch thief. Create a to-do list for writing based on what Mrs. Badger suggests to Leigh. Imagine how Leigh and Mr. Henshaw's relationship would progress through the years and write a new letter from Leigh as an adult. Aligned to your State Standards and written to Bloom's Taxonomy, our worksheets incorporate a variety of scaffolding strategies along with additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key.

    About the Novel:
    This Newbery Medal-winning classic story is about Leigh Botts, a young boy who lives with his divorced mother and misses his father. The book is a collection of letters written from Leigh to Mr. Henshaw, his favorite author. The letters show increasing emotional and literary complexity as Leigh grows. They also reflect his desire to become a writer. Through his journal, Leigh learns a great deal about writing and about himself. The diary reveals Leigh's loneliness at school and details his troubles with an unknown schoolmate. When Leigh is in sixth grade, Mr. Henshaw writes back to answer the ten questions Leigh sent to him for the Author Report assignment. Through his journal, Leigh learns a great deal about writing and about himself.

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 20 reviews
    Bailey Aksland

    This is just what I needed for my class book study. I bought two other resources for this novel but it just didn't do what I needed. I like that this includes the depth of knowledge and the skill focused on in each section of the text. This saves me time, I wish I bought this one and only this one! So look no further.

    Marie Tutino

    Thank You

    Educationally Yours

    A great resource! Thank you!

    Jennifer Jaques

    My students found the activities in this resource somewhat engaging. They liked the postcard activity (writing tasks) and we expanded that to sending out postcards to our grandparents since many we did not see due to COVID. I made google forms for each assessment included in this resource for self-grading. A very organized resource that aligns with the book, and supports the standards.

    Angela Bailey

    Loved having materials right at my fingertips to be able to teach core concepts from the novel. My kids loved reading the novel and actually enjoyed participating in class assessments using this resource.

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