WMS One School One Book

The Seventh Most Important Thing

It was a bitterly cold day when Arthur T. Owens grabbed a brick and hurled it at the trash picker.

Arthur had his reasons, and the brick hit the Junk Man in the arm, not the head. But none of that matters to the judge—he is ready to send Arthur to juvie for the foreseeable future. Amazingly, it’s the Junk Man himself who offers an alternative: 120 hours of community service... working for him.

Arthur is given a rickety shopping cart and a list of the Seven Most Important Things: glass bottles, foil, cardboard, pieces of wood, lightbulbs, coffee cans, and mirrors. He can’t believe it—is he really supposed to rummage through people’s trash? But it isn’t long before Arthur realizes there’s more to the Junk Man than meets the eye, and the “trash” he’s collecting is being transformed into something more precious than anyone could imagine. . . .


The Assignment (due 9/7)

Part 1) Read the The Seventh Most Important Thing (GET THE BOOK HERE)

Part 2) Complete the ELA ASSIGNMENT (Literary Terms & Character Traits worksheets on pages 3-6 the packet)

Part 3) Complete one of the CHALLENGES to show at this year's 1S1B Showcase

We'll be exhibiting the challenges during the 1S1B Showcase, September 17th-21st!


Email Ms. McDonagh at lisa.mcdonagh@watertown.k12.ma.us

...or your English/Humanities teacher (when you know who they are!)