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The Report Card by Andrew Clements
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Oct 02, 08

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** spoiler alert ** Title: "The Report Card"
Author: Andrew Clements
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: 2004

Genre: Realistic Fiction Novel
Grades: 4-6
Awards: William Allen White Children's Book Award

This story is about a little girl named Nora, who gets bad grades on purpose. She has always hidden that she is extremely smart, because she wants to be treated like a normal kid. Nora is out to prove that taking tests does not prove how smart one truly is. So she sets out with a plan to make bad grades. When her parents find out her grades on her report card, they start having meetings with the school principal and teachers to find out what is going on. After an IQ test and telling off a classmate, Nora gets where she cannot hide how smart she is anymore. Her friend Stephen has a plan to help Nora prove that the tests do not mean anything. After almost the whole Blue Team of students receiving zeroes on their test, the situation heats up. Nora explains the reasoning behind the zeroes and how labeling people as smart or dumb because of their grades on a test is not right. Many children are very smart, but just do not do well on tests.

Activities:
1. The students will be divided up to have a classroom debate. One group will debate about the importance of grades and tests. The other group will debate about the pressures and outcomes of tests. Research will be done to help prove each case. The teacher will conclude the debate on the realities of tests and grades.

2. The students will be divided into small groups. Each group will select a section of the book to do a reader's theater to present to the class.
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