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Teaching Guide for The Perfect Trip by Stacy Barnett Mozer

Grade Level Grades 3-5
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The Perfect Trip Teaching Guide: character study resources, narrative reading suggestions, “Take a Trip” research, and resources to learn about girls in sports.

The Perfect Trip : Sam Barrette's life is finally going in the right direction. She's made the boys travel baseball team, her friendship with Mike is turning into something more, and she's even connected with her stepmother. But a family camping trip filled with secrets and surprises challenges everything she thought she knew about what the future will hold. To save her dreams, Sam must find a way to fix her perfect trip.

Themes: friendship, family relationships, divorce, baseball, travel, step-parents, gender issues

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Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series).
Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.
Ask questions to check understanding of information presented, stay on topic, and link their comments to the remarks of others.
Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.
Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer’s purpose.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.
Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Expand, combine, and reduce sentences for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style.
Compare and contrast the varieties of English (e.g., dialects, registers) used in stories, dramas, or poems.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Summarize the points a speaker makes and explain how each claim is supported by reasons and evidence.

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