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Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources for A Long Way from Chicago

Use A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck to turn your read aloud or small group work into a time to improve comprehension and talk about the text in purposeful ways.

A Long Way from Chicago is a series of short stories about the summers two children spend with their grandmother in rural Illinois. Full of hilarious and sometimes shocking stories, this award-winning novel is an ideal anchor text for Book Club discussions focused on character perspective and the ways in which the characters' perspectives grow and change with each passing summer. By following the minilessons included in this book club resource set, you'll provide students with the opportunity to track changes in perspective over time, determine pivotal moments that change perspective, and make inferences to identify a character's perspective.

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About the Book

Title: A Long Way from Chicago
Author: Richard Peck
Genre: Historical Fiction
Themes: History, Summer, Family, Adventure, Award Winners
ISBN: 9780141303529
Publisher's Summary:
Each summer Joey and his sister, Mary Alice—two city slickers from Chicago—visit Grandma Dowdel's seemingly sleepy Illinois town. Soon enough, they find that it's far from sleepy...and Grandma is far from your typical grandmother. From seeing their first corpse (and he isn't resting easy) to helping Grandma trespass, catch the sheriff in his underwear, and feed the hungry—all in one day—Joey and Mary Alice have nine summers they'll never forget!
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