Two Activities Inspired by Teacher Andrea Burns and Simon B. Rhymin’
by Alana Pedalino
At the beginning of Simon B. Rhymin’, Simon wants to be a world-famous rap star. The problem? He struggles with stage fright! Fortunately, over the course of the story, Simon’s character evolves and allows him to live up to the power of his stage name, Notorious D.O.G.
Download this free printable worksheet—“Character Transformations,” which is inspired by Book Talks teacher Andrea Burns—to help your students think about what adjectives describe Simon at the beginning and at the end of the book, as well as which events help him change.
Would your students enjoy transforming life lessons into raps like Simon? Download this free activity sheet for students. They can write their own lyrics and rhymes to keep for themselves or perform for the class in a creative bonus activity inspired by Andrea!
If your students need inspiration, you can use the “Character Transformations” activity (or Simon B. Rhymin’ in general) as a basis for your students’ raps!
Both of these activities are great for opening class conversations about:
• Sentence structure and components (rhythm, rhymes, syllables, adjectives, etc.)
• Character development (How do characters grow over the course of a story?)
• Personal growth (What are some unique challenges we or the characters in the book would like to overcome?)
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