The Knife follows a boy named George. George likes visiting with his grandma because she’s always doing interesting things. When he decides that the tiny pocket knife in Grandma’s treasure box is just what he needs for a project, he slips it quietly into his pocket. Very soon he wishes he hadn’t. Features of the Book – Ten short chapters, – George’s internal dialogue and reasoning, – The issues discussed – truth, lies, stealing, – Descriptive language – sharp and slender; a curling pattern; a long string of lies; a metallic gleam, – The use of adverbs – frantically, miserably, Purpose The Knife can be used to introduce and reinforce the following skills: – making predictions from text and illustrations, – relating ideas and events in the text to students’ own experiences, – analysing characters’ feelings and actions, – putting forward an argument, – discussing the author’s intention, – comparing texts by the same author, – reviewing the use of adverbs.
Themes covered in this book are: Personal Change, Relationships, Character education
Reading Level: 29-30 (Sapphire)
Guided Reading Level28
Theme/TopicCharacter Education | Personal Change | Relationships
Strategy/SkillsAuthor's purpose | Character study | Making connections | Making predictions