reading group guide:
by Audrey Couloumbis
Reading Levels: AR 4.0
Pre-reading activity Make text-to-self connections Ask students to complete a short writing activity using the following prompts: How would you define family? Do you have relatives you don’t know very well? Are there people in your life to whom you are not related by blood that you consider part of your family? Write “FAMILY” in large letters on the board or on chart paper. As students share their responses, record their answers in web format around the word. After reading Jake, return to the chart and ask students how Jake and his mother might define the word. (SL 5.1c, 6.1c) Questions for discussion or written resPonse • escribeJake’sfeelingsabouthisgrandfatheratthebeginningofthenovel.Whatdoes D Jake say or do to show how he feels about his grandfather? What can you infer about their relationship by the novel’s end? Use specific details from the text to support your analysis. (RL 4.1, 5.1, 6.1) • xplainAuntGinny’sstrategyfordealingwithpeopleshedoesn’tlikeonherwilderness E weekends. Why does this strategy make more sense to Jake when he thinks about light shining from all things in Chapter 13? Can you identify a central idea in the novel? (RL 4.2, 5.2, 6.2)
• randdadtellsJake,“There’snothingwrongwithtakingrisks…It’showwegrow… G I mean, you don’t have to do anything stupid. Risk is part of living a life, a full life.” Describe the physical and emotional risks Jake takes over the course of the novel, using specific details from the text in your answer. How does taking these risks change Jake? (RL 6.3)
• escribesomeofJake’searlymemories.Whatcanyouinferaboutthesmellofcigarette D smoke Jake remembers? (RL 4.1, 5.1, 6.1) • tthebeginningofthebook,atthehospital,JaketellsStanthathedoesn’thaveany A family in the area. How has his perspective changed by the novel’s end?...