83 pages 2 hours read

Nora Raleigh Baskin

Anything But Typical

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2009

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Reading Questions & Paired Texts

Reading Check and Short Answer Questions on key plot points are designed for guided reading assignments, in-class review, formative assessment, quizzes, and more.

Chapters 1-5

Reading Check

1. When was Jason diagnosed with ASD?

2. In Jason’s research on writing good plots, he discovers a man who says there are only how many plots in storytelling?

3. Every morning, what’s the first thing that pops into Jason’s head?

Short Answer

Answer each question in at least 1 complete sentence. Incorporate details from the text to support your response.

1. What are some of the personality quirks of Jason’s nine-year-old brother, Jeremy? Where do their parents think these quirks came from?

2. Why is Jason fixated on letters?

Paired Resource

Five Questions About Autism”

  • The Aspire program at Mass General Hospital for Children created this video that helps viewers better understand ASD.
  • In the video, we hear people with ASD answering the following 5 questions:

  1. What is autism?
  2. What’s hard about living with autism?
  3. What do you wish people knew about autism?
  4. Is autism something that should be “cured”?
  5. What makes you special?

  • What was the most illuminating thing you learned in this video?

  • The Aspire participants comment on what is hardest about living with autism. Which of these challenges and unique experiences does Jason have or encounter as he navigates high school?