The Stranger

  • "One fall day, while Farmer Bailey is riding down the road in his truck, he hears a thump! At first, he thinks he had run over a deer, but when he gets out to see what he hit, he finds that he has accidentally run over a man. The man tries to leave, but loses his balance and falls down again. Farmer Bailey takes him to his house, where he and his wife, Mrs. Bailey, discovers that the stranger cannot talk." Wikipedia

Activities

  • Apostrophe

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    Length of Activity: 20 minutes
    Directions: Read the sentences.  Each sentence is missing at least one apostrophe.  Edit the sentences by adding the necessary apostrophe(s).


    Autumn Changes

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    Length of Activity: 15 minutes
    Directions: In the book The Stranger, by Chris Van Allsburg, the stranger has an impact on the change of the seasons from summer to fall.


    Cause and Effect

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    Length of Activity: 20 minutes
    Directions: Can you identify any cause and effect relationships from the book The Stranger?  Use the boxes below to share two cause and effect relationships from the story.


    Character Study

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    Length of Activity: 15 minutes
    Directions: Write about the strangers actions, appearance, who he was at the beginning and who he was at the end of the story.


    Comprehension Questions

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    Length of Activity: 20 minutes
    Directions: When the doctor came to check on the stranger, he took his temperature.  When he left, he did not take his thermometer because he said "It's broken, the mercury is stuck at the bottom."  Answer the following questions.


    Dictionary Worksheet

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    Length of Activity: 30 minutes
    Directions: After reading the story The Stranger, go through the book and select five words you are unfamiliar with.  Write the five words in the spaces below. Write the definitions and also write a sentence of your own using the selected word.


    Incomplete Sentences

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    Length of Activity: 15 minutes
    Directions: Read the sentences and if they are complete, write a C.  If they are incomplete, write I and correct the sentence.


    Inferences

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    Length of Activity: 15 minutes
    Directions: Make an inference regarding who or what you think the stranger is.  Use information from the story that gives you clues to this information.


    Point of View

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    Length of Activity: 20 minutes
    Directions: In each pair of glasses, explain/define/or show examples of a point of view.  When you are done, identify what point of view The Stranger is written in.


    Pre-reading Activity

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    Length of Activity: 20 minutes
    Directions: Before reading the book, The Stranger, observe the cover, title and the pictures and answer the following questions.


    Simile

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    Length of Activity: 25 minutes
    Directions: Read the sentences and write a simile of your own based on the story, The Stranger.


    Story Moral

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    Length of Activity: 15 minutes
    Directions: Define the moral of a story.  Then, write the moral of this story.


    Summary

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    Length of Activity: 30 minutes
    Directions:Write a summary of the story.  Be sure to include the title, author, setting, main characters, main events, problem and solution.


    Text Connections

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    Length of Activity: 20 minutes
    Directions:Find the similarities and differences between three of Chris Van Allsburg's books.


    Word Bank

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    Length of Activity: 15 minutes
    DIrections: Each sentence is missing a word.  Select the correct word from the word bank to complete the sentences.


    Words in Words

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    Length of Activity: 15 minutes
    Directions: Look at the words you have been given.  If you rearrange the letters, how many different words can you create?  You do not have to use all of the letters in the word, but you cannot add any letters.


    Your Stranger

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    Length of Activity: 35 minutes
    Directions: In the story The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg, Farmer Bailey hit a stranger with is car, and then brought him back to his house.  Imagine your family returned home with a stranger.  Write a story about the events that unfold while the stranger is living with you.