105 pages 3 hours read

Gordon Korman


Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2012

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Reading Questions & Paired Texts

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

Chapters 1-3

Reading Check

1. Donovan accidentally destroys a statue by hitting it with a stick; who does the statue depict?

2. What job does Dr. Schultz have at the school district?

Short Answer

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

1. After he gets sent to the principal’s office because of the spitball war, what does Donovan do that causes him to get detention?

2. What is in the letter from the school district that comes to Donovan’s house?

Paired Resource

Why Did the Titanic Sink?

  • This History.com article clearly lays out the foreseeable and unforeseeable problems that led to the tragedy of the Titanic.
  • This resource relates to the theme of The Value of Unpredictability.
  • Which of the factors that led to the Titanic disaster were predictable? Which were unpredictable? The Titanic is a very famous example of what can happen when people do not think ahead about possible problems and their consequences. In this part of the novel, what are some examples of Donovan not thinking ahead about problems and consequences? How is the Titanic being used as a
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