Understand how actions have consequences, and how to learn from them with this tragic tale of loneliness and unlikely friendship.
The comprehension questions included in this resource allows for good discussions. Identify the literary device being used for particular sections of the novel. Describe Mr. Pignati from John’s perspective. Imagine alternatives to John and his dad’s relationship, if his dad had a less stressful job. Find synonyms to key vocabulary words found in the novel. Write a diary entry from the point of view of Mr. Pignati. Create an accurate timeline of events that take place throughout the story. 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:
The Pigman is a story about two teens who befriend an elderly man and learn a valuable lesson about trust and repercussions. Lorraine and John don’t have many friends. Their home life isn’t ideal, so they spend a lot of time hanging out at the local cemetery. One day, while playing a phone call game, the pair play a prank on Angelo Pignati. The prank doesn’t go as planned, as Mr. Pignati is very lonely and trusting. This leads to an unlikely friendship between the three individuals. At first, Lorraine and John keep up the ruse as they enjoy having a place other than the cemetery to escape to. They enjoy the free items that Mr. Pignati showers on them. Nicknaming him the Pigman for his odd and overwhelming collection of pigs, Lorraine and John begin to truly like the man. One poor decision after another leads to tragedy that ultimately forces Lorraine and John to learn about themselves and how their actions have consequences.