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Beezus and Ramona & Ramona the Pest

written by: Sarah Degnan Moje • edited by: Tricia Goss • updated: 3/13/2015

Growing up is tough, and sometimes doing so with a pesky younger sibling is even more of a challenge. This lesson plan for the first two books in the series by author Beverly Cleary will help you guide your class through the trials and triumphs of childhood with Beezus and Ramona.

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    Ramona Quimby

    Beezus and Ramona This beloved heroine for girls has been delighting readers since she was first introduced in 1955. With eight books about this young girl to her credit, author Beverly Cleary manages to create a character who is unforgettable and who grows up before our eyes as we turn the pages.

    While her sister and parents might find Ramona to be a nuisance at times, readers often see the issue through Ramona’s eyes, thereby identifying with this spirited young girl.

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    Beezus and Ramona

    Beezus and Ramona is the first book in the series, which spans eight books. Out of the entire series, it is the only one written from Beezus’ point of view. She is older sister of Ramona. At this time, she is around nine and Ramona is four. Much of the book centers around Beezus (Beatrice) trying to overcome her feelings of annoyance with her preschool-aged sister. The resolution is that siblings can love each other without liking everything that the other sibling does.

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    Ramona the Pest

    Ramona The Pest Ramona’s adventures continue in Ramona the Pest. Ramona is now five years old and is starting kindergarten.

    Ramona is aware that some people, especially her older sister Beezus, feel that she is a pest. Ramona does not consider her behavior “pesky," and tries very hard to follow the rules. The apex of the plot centers on Ramona being sent home from school for pulling hair.

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    PowerPoint Downloads

    Both PowerPoints offer a basic summary of each book followed by thoughts, talking points and discussion questions for various topics within each book. A journal topic is offered for writing assessments when the students finish reading.


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Beverly Cleary Series Lesson Plans

In this four-part article series, you will find tools and tips to help you guide your fifth grade students through reading, discussing and learning from the Beezus and Ramona novel series with free PowerPoint downloads for each book.
  1. Beezus and Ramona & Ramona the Pest
  2. Growing With Ramona: Ramona the Brave and Ramona and Her Father
  3. Ramona’s Growing Up: Ramona & Her Mother and Ramona Quimby, Age 8
  4. A More Mature Ramona: Ramona Forever & Ramona’s World