By Raina Telgemeier

Copyright Date: 2014

Published by: Scholastic Inc.

Lexile Reading Level: 290

Grade Level Recommendations: 3rd – 5th Grade

Common Core State Standard:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.3.4.c
Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.4.4.a
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.

Suggested Delivery: Independent

Key Vocabulary:

  • reunion: the act of uniting again
  • hydroplane: to skim over water at very high speeds
  • presume: to assume to be true, to suppose
  • shudder: to tremble with a sudden convulsive movement, as from horror, fear, or cold
  • bramble: any prickly shrub
  • will: a wish or purpose as carried out, or to be carried out
  • divorce: an formal separation of husband and wife according to established custom
  • hitchhiking: to travel by standing on the side of the road and soliciting rides from passing vehicles

Reading Suggestions:

  • Before: The teacher should give a brief walk through of the book.  It is important to show the students how to read a comic book.  Point out the sequence of the script.  It is a good idea to instruct the students to look at the pictures.  In a comic the pictures hold some of the key details to understanding the story or message.
  • During:  Ask the students to follow the 3-2-1 model.
    • Write down 3 things you know about each of the three characters.
    • Point out 2 pictures and describe the importance of the picture to the story.
    • Ask 1 question you have about the story.
  • After: Have the students fill out an exit slip where they need to list the main idea, plot, setting, and moral of the story.

Writing Activity Suggestion: The students can write their own comic about their siblings, cousins, or neighbors.  These comics must include, a plot, setting, conflict, and resolution.

Electronic Resources:

  • Pixton – This is a cool website that students can use to make their comic come to life.
  • Story Board Creator – Another website that allows the students to create their own stories.  This one comes with different backgrounds and other ideas to help students.
  • Raina’s Website – The author of Sisters has an awesome website that both the teacher and the students can look at.

Other Books By Raina Telegmeier:

  • Smile
  • Drama
  • Baby-sitters Club #1: Kristy’s Great Idea
  • Baby-sitters Club #2: The Truth About Stacey
  • Baby-sitters Club #3: Mary Anne Saves the Day
  • Baby-sitters Club #4: Claudia and Mean Jean
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