Jack the Tripper – Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books
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Literary Skills that can be taught with the book Jack the Tripper?
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Write a timeline of the tripping events from Monday to Friday.
What figurative language is used to describe Polly, “Her feet felt as heavy as stones” and “Her legs were as wiggly as worms.”
Why does the author use figurative language to describe Polly this way?
Why does Polly say someone tripped her and took her book report when she enters the class? What can you infer about the other children when they are tripped also?
Who is the masked tripper? How does the phrase “Anything Goes” help you figure out who he is?
Why doesn’t the headmaster believe the children when Polly is tripped for real?
What conflict did Polly face in her struggle to tell the truth about the tripper and her lost homework?
Will the children be able to keep up the stories of tripping or get caught? What will happen at the Dizzie Day Parade with Jack the Tripper on the loose?
Why does the author/illustrator decide to put Polly in the Pinocchio costume?
Nonfiction article on Jack the Ripper, historical piece that is age appropriate
Create a wanted poster for Jack the Tripper using text evidence.