Students Can Make Inferences Based on Characters’ Actions in The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Characters in novels, like people, reveal a lot about themselves through their choices and actions.
After your class finishes reading about Ralph S. Mouse’s and Keith’s adventures in Beverly Cleary’s award-winning, classic novel The Mouse and The Motorcycle, encourage your students to practice character analysis by making inferences based on key moments in the story.
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Encourage students to consider the choices characters make during important points in the story. For example, what does it say about Ralph S. Mouse that he cares so much about making things right with Keith?
This activity was inspired by Shannon Langston, a former third and fifth grade teacher and currently an instructional coach. Watch Shannon’s full Book Talks video for more ideas on how to use The Mouse and the Motorcycle in your class, including exploring themes, discovering new vocabulary, and writing creatively.
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