Print-and-go reader response questions for the novel, Inside Out & Back Again, are divided into parts and designed to encourage students to use higher-level thinking skills. The questions and activities included in this resource lend themselves to more in-depth class/peer discussions. All the questions are either open-ended or short answer. Most questions and activities require that students provide textual evidence to support their thinking and challenge them to provide their opinions and/or perspective.
Agree or Disagree Pre-Reading Activity (1 page)
Focus Questions (18 pages)
- Agree or Disagree Pre-Reading Activity (1 page)
- Pre-Reading Focus Questions (7 questions)
- Focus Questions: Part I – Saigon (51 questions)
- Focus Questions: Part II – At Sea (25 questions)
- Focus Questions: Part III – Alabama (58 questions)
- Focus Questions: Part IV – From Now On (10 questions)
- Answer Key (13 pages)
Graphic Organizers (8 pages)
Character Analysis (1 page) – Students will choose a character from the story. Fill in the graphic organizer with their internal (thoughts, feelings) and external (actions, dialogue, appearance) character traits.
Character Summary (1 page) – Students will choose a character from the story. Fill in the graphic organizer with a physical description of the character, the challenges they faced and overcame, flaws, and best characteristics, and create a timeline of 5 main events that shaped that character.
Character Change (1 page) – Students will choose a character from the story. Fill in the graphic organizer with information on how that character has changed throughout the story.
Finding Figurative Language (2 pages) – Students will use recorded examples of figurative language that the author used in the book and determine the type, meaning, and the author’s purpose.
Chain of Events (1 page) – Students will show how one event led to another in the novel.
Problem & Solution (1 page) – Students will fill in the graphic organizer with problems that the characters face and their solutions to those problems.
Visualization / Imagery (1 page) – Students will describe an event from the story using all 5 of their senses.