Publisher: Random House Children’s Books                                     Publication date: 12/23/2014

Pages: 240                                                                                                Delivery: Independent Reading

Lexie: 940L                                                                                                           Age Range: 10 – 14 Years

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Stutter – This CNN video explains what it looks and sounds like to live with a  stutter
Book Trailer – A short little trailer that will get students interested in the book and a give a sneak preview of the children’s adventures.


  1. Social Studies – Time Magazine named Dwight D. Eisenhower Man of the Year in 1959. Have students research his military career and have them write an article pretending they are working for Time, explaining why Eisenhower is man of the year.
  2. Science – Have the school speech pathologist come in and have the class interview him/her. This will give students the opportunity to learn more about this lifestyle and what its like for some students to live like this. Have them do a little research and prepare questions for their arrival.
  3. Metaphors/ Smilies – Look at some of the metaphors and smilies presented in the novel and review how to find them and what they mean. Then, have students write a metaphor that best describes Little Man’s relationship with Mam or a  simile that describes Little Man’s communication he has with TV boy.
  •  Key Vocabulary
    • Meandering – winding back and forth, rambling, following a winding and turning course
    • Smug – overly self-satisfied, self-righteous
    • Maritime – living on or the characteristics of those near the sea, relating to or involving ships and shipping
    • Terrestrial – having to do with the earth
    • Garment – an article of clothing, provide with clothes or put clothes on
    • Facade – the face or front of a building, a showy misrepresentation intended to conceal something unpleasant
  • Before Reading:
    • Word Walls – Students build a word wall by skimming through the text and selecting unfamiliar words and ones they believe may be related to the text.
  • During Reading:
    • Reciprocal Teaching – students get the opportunity to become the teacher of a small group of students and lead discussion on a specific passage of the text.
  • After Reading:
    • Framed Writing and Templates – Students get the opportunity to creatively write while still responding to the text. For example, in Paperboy, students could possibly write a newspaper article responding to a posed question from the text.


Writing Activity:

  • Have students define friendship and compare their definition to changes they notice related to each boy’s growth over the summer? By the end of the novel, specifically, how does Rat express his friendship to Little Man? What makes this interaction different then their friendship in the beginning of the novel?

One thought on “Paperboy

  1. I love the teaching suggestions and how they tie into the other content areas. This is great for when you are teaching the ELA lesson to tie it into the content areas. I also really liked the writing activity of creating a newspaper article. This is a really neat way of connecting them to what they have read.


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