Module 2: Beezus and Ramona
Cleary, B. (1955). Beezus and Ramona. New York: HarperCollins.
An enjoyable and hilarious book about Ramona and the trouble she gets herself into. This book describes Ramona’s misadventures with the librarian, her sister Beezus, and the party she plans herself (without telling her mother). Ramona just cannot help herself, her imagination seems to cause more trouble than any one child should be involved in. Ramona is hard not to love, even when she is causing trouble for others.
What Did I Think?
I love the Ramona books and this one is no exception. There is something so innocent and pure about Ramona and her ability to cause trouble is always entertaining. I see Ramona as the beginnings to characters like the more recent, Junie B. Jones. The downside to reading Ramona books is that they are from a different generation. Some of the topics and vocabulary are unknown to students today.
Ramona books could be used in a comparing and contrasting activity along with Junie B. Jones books. Students could either read or listen to excepts of each book that describe the characters. Another option would be to complete the comparison, using a graphic organizer, after reading several books as an ongoing character study. Both Junie B. Jones and Ramona Quimby are interesting, quirky, and full of personality. While they do get into trouble frequently, students could focus on the lessons learned as a result of the incidences the girls are a part of.
Another additional lesson could be centered around the website http://www.beverlycleary.com/ There are games about the books, information about the characters, and more ideas for educators to use on the site.