|ABOUT THE BOOK
was a little girl who loved the stories her grandmother told her. In
fact, she loved them so much that she would act out all the parts. When
her teacher announced that the class was to present Peter Pan as a
play, Grace knew she would make a wonderful Peter Pan. Her classmates told
her that she could not play the part because Peter Pan was a boy and
he wasn't black. But when time for try-outs came, Grace was by far the
best Peter Pan and after the evening performance she felt as if she
could "fly all the way home." Her mother had told her all along that
she could achieve anything she wanted if she tried hard enough...
even "fly all the way home!"
|PRE-READING VOCABULARY ACTIVITY
DRAW A WORD
Make cards to learn more about the new
words you will meet in the book, Amazing Grace
. Divide into two teams. The first
player selects a card and then draws the word on the board. His or
her team has one minute to guess the word. If the guess is correct,
the team receives two points. If the word is not guessed, the other
team has the chance to make a guess to earn a point. Now, one person
from the second team selects a new word and the game continues.
|Grace|| story|| book|| Nana|
|horse ||gate ||cat ||street|
|teacher ||hand ||sad ||ballet|
|theatre ||island|| ticket ||flying|
|school|| mother|| scarf ||gold|
|boy|| girl|| desk ||pencil|
CAUSE AND EFFECT
Can You Tell Why?
Can you tell why these things might
happen? Try to think of at least one reason. Then read
Amazing Grace to support or deny your guesses.
Nana told stories. Why?
Grace acted out stories. Why?
Grace was told she could not be Peter Pan in the class play. Why?
Nana took Grace to the theatre. Why?
Grace was chosen to play Peter Pan. Why?
The play was an amazing success. Why?
PRE READING JOURNAL SENTENCE STARTERS
Choose one of the sentence starters
below to complete. Add two or three more sentences about the topic.
When the writing is completed, read aloud what you have written to a
small group of classmates.
1. A dream can come true if...
2. Stories are fun to hear because...
3. Wanting something others say you can't have...
4. Going to a ballet would be...
5. An audition is...
6. Someone is called "amazing" if...
7. Acting out a part can be...
8. People get discouraged when...
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
Divide into groups of
four. Each group will receive one question to discuss for five
minutes. Each group should choose a secretary to record the main
points of the discussion. The secretary will then report to the
1. Explain the reason that fairy tales have lasted hundreds of
2. In what ways did Nana help Grace's dream come true?
3. Why did her classmates believe that Grace could not be Peter
Pan? Do you agree with them? Why or why not?
4. How did going to the ballet help Grace to be a better Peter
5. Suppose Grace had not tried out for the part. How would the
6. List all the words you can to describe Grace. Which one word
in your list best describes her?
7. Which is more important in a play, appearance or ability? Why?
8. How many ways is the story Amazing
Grace like the story of The Little Engine that
|AMAZING GRACE: TELLING THE STORY IN SONG
Fill in the missing words. Then sing the song to the tune of "My
Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean."
was a girl who loved (1) s___________
It mattered not if short or (2) l ____________
acted the part of (3) A _______________
And often would burst into
(4) s ___________
Grace loved acting
She wanted to fly just
like (5) P_____ P ____
Mother told her
You'll do it if you think you
(6) c ___________
So (7) N __________ took Grace to the theatre
see dancers leap, bow and (8) s___________
So Grace practiced
leaping and dancing
To make sure the part she would
|THINKING ABOUT AMAZING GRACE
Amazing Grace, finish at least three or more of these sentence
starters. Compare your endings with others in your group. Were any
of the sentence endings alike? Which were different?
Grace made me wish that ____________________________________
Amazing Grace made me decide that ____________________________________
3. Amazing Grace
made wonder about ____________________________________________
4. Amazing Grace made me
feel that _____________________________________________
5. Amazing Grace made me
Grace made me hope that