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Table of Contents

This FIRST ASSIGNMENT must be completed before going on to the optional assignments below.

Week One

Week Two

Week Three

Project Proposal

5 Paragraph Ideas

Test A

Report Ideas

Writing Prompts

Test B

Project Ideas

Student Rubric

Test C

 

 Class Project

 

 

 

After you have completed the first assignment you can choose one

of the following activities to work on in addition to

reading the story.  You must complete the Project Proposal,

and get a teacher signature before beginning any project.

 

 

 

 

Project Proposal:

 

 

Name________________________________________ Beginning Date ______________

 

Completion Date_____________

 

1.     Describe the project in detail:

2.     Why do you want to do this project?

3.     What will the final product be?

4.     How will you share your final product?

Comments:

 

Teacher Signature _________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: Report Ideas

Christmas Around The World

 

1.  The students working collaboratively will select countries to research different Christmas customs using as many resources as possible.

2.  Decorations

3.  Foods

4.  Customs

5.  Trees

6.  Sudents, as groups, will present their country to the class.

 

 

 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: Project Ideas

1.    Create a puppet show depicting an event in the story. This means you'll have to make the puppets backdrop, and scenery in addition to writing and performing the skit.

2.    Write a new adventure for the Herdman kids.

3.    Design a poster for the Christmas pageant starring the Herdman kids.

4.    Write a bio-poem about Imogene Herdman.

5.    Bake an applesauce cake to share with your class, but don't burn it as the ladies on the pot-luck did.

6.    Make an "Attack Cat" sign that the Herdmans could put in their weed-covered front yard. Be sure draw the Herdmans' cat on the sign.

7.    What if the Herdmans decided to work together to design their own Christmas card? What do you think it would look like? Make this card.

8.    The teacher made a new rule for Show-and-Tell after the Herdmans' cat paid a visit. Make a poster giving at least five rules for Show-and-Tell.

 

 

 

 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: Five Paragraph Essay Ideas

1.  Do you think the Herdmans' lives have been changed because of their participation in the Christmas pageant? Why or why not?

2. Who do you think will run next year's pageant? Why?

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: Writing Prompts

 

Hasting's Bookstore has asked you to analyze the book, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson. The information you provide will determine whether or not the book will be sold at the store.


1.  You will need to advertise the book by presenting the following story elements on the Christmas Tree Graphic Organizer:

1.    Write your name and have the teacher sign to verify that you have read the book.

2.    Write the author and illustrator of the book.

3.    Describe the plot of the story.

4.    Explain the solution to the problem in the story.

5.    Explain the ending of the story.

6.    Explain the author's purpose in writing the book.

7.    Illustrate and explain the setting of the story.


2. Present the following information on the Venn-Diagram Graphic Organizer:

1.    List the main characters in the story.

2.    Choose two of the main characters to compare and contrast.



NOTE: Spelling, capitalization, and punctuation must be correct.

 

 


Student Christmas Tree Graphic Organizer

 

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Student Venn-Diagram Graphic Organizer:
**Compare and Contrast 2 main characters.**

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Student Rubric

4

Contains all (7) story elements addressed correctly.

  1. Write your name and have the teacher sign to verify that you have read the book.
  2. Write the author and illustrator of the book.
  3. Describe the plot of the story.
  4. Explain the solution to the problem in the story.
  5. Explain the ending of the story.
  6. Explain the author's purpose in writing the book. (Ex: inform, persuade, entertain)
  7. Illustrate and explain the setting of the story.

Contains no grammar/spelling errors.
Listed all of the main characters in the book.
Accurately compared/contrasted 2 main characters.

3

Contains most (5-6) story elements addressed correctly.
Contains a few grammar/spelling errors.
Listed most of the main characters in the book.
Contains few errors in comparing/contrasting 2 main characters.

2

Contains many (3-4) story elements addressed correctly.
Contains many grammar/spelling errors.
Listed many of the main characters in the book.
Contains many errors in comparing/contrasting 2 main characters.

1

Contains few (1-2) story elements addressed correctly.
Contains repeated grammar/spelling errors.
Listed few of the main characters in the book.
Contains excessive errors in comparing/contrasting 2 main characters.


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Teacher's Scoring Rubric

 

STORY ELEMENTS

GRAMMAR/SPELLING

MAIN CHARACTERS

COMPARE/CONTRAST

4

Contains all (7) story elements addressed correctly.

Contains no grammar or spelling errors.

Listed all of the main characters in the book.

Accurately compared/contrasted 2 main characters.

3

Contains most (5-6) story elements addressed correctly.

Contains a few grammar or spelling errors.

Listed most of the main characters in the book.

Contains few errors in comparing/contrasting 2 main characters.

2

Contains many (3-4) story elements addressed correctly.

Contains many grammar or spelling errors.

Listed many of the main characters in the book.

Contains many errors in comparing/contrasting 2 main characters.

1

Contains few (1-2) story elements addressed correctly.

Contains repeated grammar or spelling errors.

Listed few of the main characters in the book.

Contains excessive errors in comparing/contrasting 2 main characters.

 

______/16 POINTS POSSIBLE        GRADE=_________%

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: Test A

Directions: Read each question carefully. Circle the letter of the choice that best answers each question.

1.     Who wrote this book?

1.     Judy Blume

2.     Judith Viorst

3.     Barbara Robinson

2.     How many Herdman kids were there?

1.     six

2.     five

3.     four

3.     What was Imogene Herdman really good at?

1.     doing her lessons

2.     finding out secrets

3.     softball

4.     The angel choir looked good, but they couldn't _____.

1.     get along

2.     act

3.     sing

5.     Why did the Herdmans start coming to Sunday school in the first place?

1.     They were bored at home.

2.     They needed to supplement their allowance by stealing from the collection plate.

3.     They thought there were free cake, candy, and popcorn balls.

6.     While in her hospital bed, Mrs. Armstrong told a group of ladies _____.

1.     the Herdmans wouldn't be in the pageant if she'd still been in charge

2.     the Herdmans should be run out of town

3.     nobody else had the ability to run the pageant

7.     Why did the Herdmans want to go to the library for the first time?

1.     to trash it

2.     to look up Herod the king

3.     to drive the librarian nuts

8.     For the pageant, Imogene offered to steal _____.

1.     a baby to be Jesus

2.     costumes for the angel choir

3.     candy to give to all the kids

9.     Why did the whole congregation show up for the pageant this year?

1.     The Rev. Hopkins threatened to resign if they didn't.

2.     They wanted to see what the Herdmans would do.

3.     Mrs. Armstrong told them to stay home.

10. How did Imogene get a black eye?

1.     Alice finally got up the nerve to hit her.

2.     Mrs. Armstrong hit her with her crutch.

3.     She walked into the corner of the choir-robe cabinet.

 

 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: Test B

Directions: Read each question carefully. Circle the letter of the choice that best answers each question.

1.     How did the Herdmans set fire to Fred Shoemaker's tool house?

1.     They were playing with matches.

2.     They were making fire bombs.

3.     They were playing with a chemistry set.

2.     What did Claude Herdman bring to first grade for Show-and-Tell?

1.     their one-eyed cat

2.     Leroy Herdman's chemistry set

3.     the fire chief's hat and boots

3.     Mrs. Armstrong was the head of anything she belonged to because she ____.

1.     was so good at getting contributions

2.     was so good at giving orders

3.     was so good at organizing things

4.     Why wasn't Alberta Bottles asked to whistle "What Child Is This?" for this year's pageant?

1.     Last year, she fainted in the middle of the third verse.

2.     Last year, she threw up in the manger.

3.     Last year, she spit on the minister's son, who was playing Joseph.

5.     Who always got to be Mary in the pageant?

1.     Lucille Golden

2.     Wanda Pierce

3.     Alice Wendleken

6.     What did Gladys and Ollie do while Imogene was snitching money from the collection plate?

1.     stood guard

2.     acted as look outs

3.     drew mustaches on the disciples in the Illustrated Bible

7.     The librarian said she'd heard everything there was to hear when

1.     Imogene asked for a library card

2.     Imogene asked about Jesus

3.     Imogene asked where the poetry books were kept

8.     On the night of the dress rehearsal,

1.     the ladies let the applesauce cake bum up

2.     someone called the fire department because of smoke in the ladies' room

3.     both of the above

9.     What did the Herdman Wise Men bring Jesus?

1.     bath salts and baby oil

2.     ham

3.     gold, frankincense, and myrrh

10. What did the Herdmans ask for after the pageant?

1.     ham, candy, and small testaments

2.     a poinsettia plant

3.     a set of Bible-story pictures

 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: Test C

Directions: Read each question carefully. Circle the letter of the choice that best answers each question.

1.     What lesson did the Herdmans learn from the fire?

1.     Don't play with matches and gasoline.

2.     Where there's a fire there are free doughnuts.

3.     Don't admit anything.

2.     Why did teachers keep promoting the Herdmans although they never learned anything?

1.     The school never kept anyone back.

2.     Mrs. Herdman went to the School Board.

3.     No teacher wanted two Herdmans in a room the same year.

3.     Why couldn't Mrs. Armstrong run the Christmas pageant this year?

1.     She fell and broke her leg.

2.     She knew the Herdman kids wanted to be in it.

3.     She had to break in a new husband.

4.     What did Charlie like best about Sunday school?

1.     He learned new songs about Jesus.

2.     There were no Herdmans there.

3.     It gave him a good feeling.

5.     Gladys Herdman told Alice Wendleken not to volunteer to be Mary, or ____.

1.     she'd stick beans up her nose

2.     she'd stick a pussy willow down her ear

3.     she'd sic the one-eyed cat on her

6.     At the first rehearsal for the pageant, what did the Herdmans hear for the first time?

1.     they were being taken away by Child Welfare

2.     they were welcome to be there

3.     the Christmas story

7.     The air in the girls' bathroom was all blue because ____.

1.     Imogene was in there smoking cigars

2.     the ladies sneaked in there to smoke

3.     Imogene was in there smoking cigarettes

8.     Why did Mrs. Hopkins get mad at Rev. Hopkins?

1.     He ran out into the street in his pajamas and bathrobe.

2.     He tried to cancel the pageant.

3.     He said the applesauce cake was dry.

9.     What did Imogene do during the pageant?

1.     bossed everyone around

2.     kicked Alice

3.     cried

10. What was the narrator's name?


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