Use these for a class discussion or as an assessment tool if students answer in writing:
1. Why did Ramona’s opinion of Yard Ape change?
(At first she didn’t like him because he kicked her seat on the bus and stole her new pink eraser. But then he was nice to her when she cracked an egg on her head. He encouraged and teased her in a nice way.)
2. List some of the reasons why Ramona’s family was “stressed".
Dad was always studying.
Fighting with Beezus about going to a party.
Ramona was sick.
Ramona’s problems with Willa Jean.
Girls complained about the dinner.
3. List some of the ways the family tried to make things better.
Dad gave everyone a new pink eraser for the first day of school.
The girls cooked dinner.
Mom stayed home to lovingly care for Ramona when she was sick.
They went out to dinner together for a treat.
4. What did Ramona mean when she said that she was part of a nice sticking-together family? (Even though they had their issues, the family resolved the problems as best as they could and cared about each other.)