Big Nate

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Drawing Big Nate: Tools of the Trade
Drawing Big Nate: The Notebook
Drawing Big Nate: Childhood Cartoons
Drawing Big Nate: Brainstorming

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Big Nate: Thunka, Thunka, Thunka

Grade Levels: 3-5

Cuirriculum Connections: Language Arts

Overview: Students will read Big Nate: Thunka, Thunka, Thunka and create lists of characters and their major traits. Each student will then choose his or her two favorite characters and fill in a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the characters. Finally, each student will write a compare-and-contrast paragraph about the two characters he or she chose.

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Big Nate: Welcome to My World

Grade Levels: 3-5

Cuirriculum Connections: Language Arts – Word Choice

Overview: Students will identify and analyze word choice in Big Nate: Welcome to My World, then work in groups to create word-meaning gradients. Students will then create individual word-choice gradients detailing shades of meaning. Finally, students will write descriptive paragraphs about selected Big Nate cartoons using what they have learned about word choice.

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Big Nate: The Crowd Goes Wild!

Grade Levels: 3-5

Cuirriculum Connections: Language Arts—Idioms

Overview: Students identify and discuss idioms used in Big Nate: The Crowd Goes Wild! Then they learn about the use of text in comics and create their own four-panel comics featuring idioms.

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Big Nate All Work and No Play

Grade Levels: 3-7

Cuirriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Art

Thematic Connections: School, Sports, Family, Friendship, Creativity

Overview: Aspiring cartoonist Nate Wright is the star of Big Nate All Work and No Play. Equipped with only a #2 pencil and the unshakable belief that he is #1, Nate interacts with friends, family, and teachers, inspiring humor, patience, and exasperation wherever he goes. Students can enjoy Nate’s mishaps while examining themes, setting, character, and the artistic elements of a successful story told in interconnected words and pictures.

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Big Nate Makes the Grade

Grade Levels: 3-7

Cuirriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Art, Social Studies

Thematic Connections: School, Friendship, Bullies, Competition

Overview: Nate Wright is known to his pals and teachers for many things, including his penchant for mischief and his school record for detentions. The school life of Nate, his pals, his rivals, and his long-suffering teachers are recounted in hilarious detail and can inspire students to create their own school stories.

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Big Nate: Game On!

Grade Levels: 3-7

Cuirriculum Connections: Art, English Language Arts

Thematic Connections: Sports, Friendship, Competition

Overview: Play ball! When sixth-grader Nate Wright and his friends suit up for basketball, baseball, and soccer, there are bound to be highs, lows, wins, losses—and humor. Students can cheer Nate on as they examine the culture of sports through vocabulary, creative writing, and class discussion.

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Big Nate: Great Minds Think Alike

Grade Levels: 3-7

Cuirriculum Connections: English Language Arts

Thematic Connections: School, Friendships, Relationships, Humor, Rivalry, Family

Overview: Two heads are better than one, except when they’re crashing into each other! But that won’t prevent Big Nate and his pals from hatching great ideas for fun. Nate Wright is a wisecracking eleven-year-old who knows he’s destined for greatness—he’s a sixth-grade chess prodigy, a self-described genius, and the all-time record holder for detentions in school history. He’s often in hot water with his teachers and classmates, but Nate’s winning personality and can-do attitude always make him a big hit with readers.

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Big Nate: I Can’t Take It

Grade Levels: 3-7

Cuirriculum Connections: English Language Arts

Thematic Connections: School, Family, Friendships, Humor, Rivalry, Sports, Creativity

Overview: Life can be stressful for Nate Wright. At school, Mrs. Godfrey makes every day a nightmare. At home, he’s stuck between Ellen, his incredibly annoying older sister, and Dad, perhaps the most clueless parent of all time. And don’t get him started on Gina, the ultimate teacher’s pet, or Artur, the unassuming exchange student who bests him at every turn. It’s enough to make even a can-do kid like Nate scream: “I CAN’T TAKE IT!”

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Big Nate: Say Good-bye to Dork City

Grade Levels: 3-5

Cuirriculum Connections: Language Arts—Character Motivation

Overview: Students will analyze the actions and motivations of several characters in Big Nate: Say Good-Bye to Dork City. Students will then write and draw comics showing their own motivations and actions in real life situations.

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