Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus: Guides to Creative Questioning

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The Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus series is an essential resource for instructors of literature for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Based on Bloom's Taxonomy, it is designed to develop critical and creative thinking through elementary- and middle-grade literature.

Bloom's Taxonomy is a framework for questioning students that ranks questions by type, from those that use the lower-order thinking skills of remembering, understanding, and applying knowledge to those that provide children with opportunities to use the higher-order thinking skills of analyzing, evaluating, and creating. The Suppose the Wolf books are built around children's stories and novels (both fiction and nonfiction) and provide questions that instructors can ask about those works to promote thinking at each of Bloom's levels.

Each book explores the rationale for creative questioning in the teaching of literature, with an overview of Bloom's Taxonomy. For each title within the books, there is a brief synopsis and then several questions for each level of the taxonomy, all designed to enable children to use all of the various thinking skills, from simple to complex. It also provides instructors with thought-provoking questions about children's literature.

The series provides information and questions for instructors who:

  • Wish to teach thematically and are seeking appropriate materials
  • Might not be familiar with a literary work and find reassurance through the questions that it is indeed a piece to be included in literature study
  • Wish to study more deeply a genre, historical period, or writing convention

Also available from Royal Fireworks and an invaluable aid to this series: Bloom's Taxonomy Poster

Author Myrna Kemnitz has had a distinguished career in education, beginning as a classroom English teacher and rising to directorships of district-wide state and federally funded programs. She has partnered with curriculum developers, state and city program administrators, school administrators, public and non-public school teachers and parent groups, and homeschoolers. Myrna currently teaches online courses in creative writing to children.

The Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus series is an essential resource for teachers of literature for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Based on Bloom's Taxonomy, it is designed to develop critical and creative thinking through elementary- and middle-grade literature.

Bloom's Taxonomy is a framework for questioning students that ranks questions by type, from those that use the lower-order thinking skills of remembering, understanding, and applying knowledge to those that provide children with opportunities to use the higher-order thinking skills of analyzing, evaluating, and creating. The Suppose the Wolf books are built around children's stories and novels (both fiction and nonfiction) and provide questions that teachers can ask about those works to promote thinking at each of Bloom's levels.

Each book explores the rationale for creative questioning in the teaching of literature, with an overview of Bloom's Taxonomy. For each title within the books, there is a brief synopsis and then several questions for each level of the taxonomy, all designed to enable children to use all of the various thinking skills, from simple to complex. It also provides teachers with thought-provoking questions about children's literature.

The series provides information and questions for teachers who:

  • Wish to teach thematically and are seeking appropriate materials
  • Might not be familiar with a literary work and find reassurance through the questions that it is indeed a piece to be included in literature study
  • Wish to study more deeply a genre, historical period, or writing convention

Two generations of teachers have found that this series enables them to save countless hours of lesson preparation.

Also available from Royal Fireworks and an invaluable aid to this series: Bloom's Taxonomy Poster

Author Myrna Kemnitz has had a distinguished career in education, beginning as a classroom English teacher and rising to directorships of district-wide state and federally funded programs. She has partnered with curriculum developers, state and city program administrators, school administrators, public and non-public school teachers and parent groups, and homeschoolers. Myrna currently teaches online courses in creative writing to children.

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Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus: Grades K to 2

Author: Kemnitz, Myrna

Subjects: Language Arts; Bloom's Taxonomy; Early Learning

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8

Grade: K, 1, 2

ISBN: 978-0-88092-247-0

Latest edition: November 2014

Order code: 6339

Price: $22.50
Website price: $15.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus: Grades K to 2 Cover

A Guide to Creative Questioning for Primary-Grade Literature Based on Bloom’s Taxonomy

The foundation for this book is a selection of fifty-three children's stories, ranging from popular fairy tales to classic stories that we remember as children to newer books that are destined to become favorites for generations of readers. Each story is listed with a brief synopsis and a set of questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy, with a few questions at each level. This enables instructors to engage children in meaningful discussions, beginning with simple questions and working up to questions that promote higher-order thinking skills. It is the first book in the Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus series.

The stories covered are:

The Five Chinese Brothers
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Stone Soup
Cinderella
The Three Wishes
The Story of Babar the Little Elephant
Helga’s Dowry: A Troll Love Story
Red Riding Hood
Puss in Boots
Six Foolish Fishermen
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The Three Little Pigs
Jack and the Beanstalk
Henny Penny
Rumpelstiltskin
The Sleeping Beauty
Hansel and Gretel
The Emperor’s New Clothes
A Birthday for Frances
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
The Story of Ferdinand
The Fisherman and His Wife
Frog and Toad Together
Arrow to the Sun
The Tooth Fairy Is Broke!
Amelia Bedelia
Town Mouse, Country Mouse
The Blind Men and the Elephant
Curious George
Star Boy
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
What Mary Jo Shared
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Ramona the Brave
“B” Is for Betsy
Busybody Nora
Junie B. Jones Is a Beauty Shop Guy
Marvin Redpost #4: Alone in His Teacher’s House
Freckle Juice
It’s So Nice to Have a Wolf Around the House
The Cobble Street Cousins #4: Some Good News
Mary Marony and the Chocolate Surprise
Magic Tree House #20: Dingoes at Dinnertime
Martha Ann and the Mother Store
Pee Wee Scouts #34: Planet Pee Wee
Get the Picture, Jenny Archer?
The Loudest Noise in the World
The Island of the Skog
Dooly and the Snortsnoot
The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids #24:Dragons Don’t Cook Pizza
Bunnicula Strikes Again!
Eli    
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears

A Guide to Creative Questioning for Primary-Grade Literature Based on Bloom’s Taxonomy

The foundation for this book is a selection of fifty-three children's stories, ranging from popular fairy tales to classic stories that we remember as children to newer books that are destined to become favorites for generations of readers. Each story is listed with a brief synopsis and a set of questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy, with a few questions at each level. This enables instructors to engage children in meaningful discussions, beginning with simple questions and working up to questions that promote higher-order thinking skills. It is the first book in the Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus series.

The stories covered are:

The Five Chinese Brothers 
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Stone Soup
Cinderella
The Three Wishes
The Story of Babar the Little Elephant
Helga’s Dowry: A Troll Love Story
Red Riding Hood
Puss in Boots
Six Foolish Fishermen
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The Three Little Pigs
Jack and the Beanstalk
Henny Penny
Rumpelstiltskin 
The Sleeping Beauty 
Hansel and Gretel
The Emperor’s New Clothes
A Birthday for Frances
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
The Story of Ferdinand
The Fisherman and His Wife
Frog and Toad Together
Arrow to the Sun
The Tooth Fairy Is Broke!
Amelia Bedelia
Town Mouse, Country Mouse
The Blind Men and the Elephant 
Curious George
Star Boy
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
What Mary Jo Shared
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Ramona the Brave
“B” Is for Betsy
Busybody Nora
Junie B. Jones Is a Beauty Shop Guy
Marvin Redpost #4: Alone in His Teacher’s House
Freckle Juice
It’s So Nice to Have a Wolf Around the House
The Cobble Street Cousins #4: Some Good News
Mary Marony and the Chocolate Surprise
Magic Tree House #20: Dingoes at Dinnertime
Martha Ann and the Mother Store
Pee Wee Scouts #34: Planet Pee Wee
Get the Picture, Jenny Archer? 
The Loudest Noise in the World
The Island of the Skog 
Dooly and the Snortsnoot
The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids #24:Dragons Don’t Cook Pizza
Bunnicula Strikes Again!
Eli    
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears

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Suppose the Wolf K-2 Sample Pages:

Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus: Grades 3 to 4

Author: Kemnitz, Myrna

Subjects: Language Arts; Bloom's Taxonomy; Literature

Age: 8, 9, 10

Grade: 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-88092-248-7

Latest edition: November 2014

Order code: 6355

Price: $22.50
Website price: $15.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus: Grades 3 to 4 Cover

A Guide to Creative Questioning for Elementary-Grade Literature Based on Bloom’s Taxonomy

The foundation for this book is a selection of forty-three children's books, ranging from classic stories that we remember as children to newer books that are destined to become favorites for generations of readers. Each story is listed with a brief synopsis and a set of questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy, with a few questions at each level. This enables instructors to engage children in meaningful discussions, beginning with simple questions and working up to questions that promote higher-order thinking skills. 

The stories covered are:

Mr. Popper's Penguins
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Superfudge
Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
The Computer Nut
The Eerie Canal
The Pinballs
The TV Kid
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
George's Marvelous Medicine
James and the Giant Peach
Help! I'm a Prisoner in the Library
Shining Star
Where a White Dog Smiles
McBroom Tells the Truth
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
My Country: My Lee Comes to America
Max and Me and the Time Machine
See You Around, Sam!
The Purple Coat
Aldo Ice Cream
Class Clown
Just So Stories: The Elephant’s Child
Just So Stories: How the Camel Got His Hump
My Friend in Africa  
Pippi Longstocking
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic
Sarah, Plain and Tall  
Amelia Bedelia Helps Out
Monday
The Cricket in Times Square
Blue Ribbons for Juliet
Secesh
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Midnight Visitor
Breaker at Dawn
All-of-a-Kind Family
Amelia's Notebook
Charlotte's Web
Stuart Little
The Velveteen Rabbit
Amber Brown Sees Red
Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos

A Guide to Creative Questioning for Elementary-Grade Literature Based on Bloom’s Taxonomy

The foundation for this book is a selection of forty-three children's books, ranging from classic stories that we remember as children to newer books that are destined to become favorites for generations of readers. Each story is listed with a brief synopsis and a set of questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy, with a few questions at each level. This enables instructors to engage children in meaningful discussions, beginning with simple questions and working up to questions that promote higher-order thinking skills. 

The stories covered are:

Mr. Popper's Penguins
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Superfudge 
Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great 
The Computer Nut 
The Eerie Canal 
The Pinballs 
The TV Kid
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 
George's Marvelous Medicine 
James and the Giant Peach 
Help! I'm a Prisoner in the Library
Shining Star 
Where a White Dog Smiles 
McBroom Tells the Truth 
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 
My Country: My Lee Comes to America
Max and Me and the Time Machine 
See You Around, Sam! 
The Purple Coat 
Aldo Ice Cream 
Class Clown 
Just So Stories: The Elephant’s Child
Just So Stories: How the Camel Got His Hump
My Friend in Africa  
Pippi Longstocking 
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic
Sarah, Plain and Tall  
Amelia Bedelia Helps Out 
Monday 
The Cricket in Times Square 
Blue Ribbons for Juliet
Secesh
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Midnight Visitor
Breaker at Dawn
All-of-a-Kind Family 
Amelia's Notebook 
Charlotte's Web 
Stuart Little 
The Velveteen Rabbit
Amber Brown Sees Red
Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos

Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus: Grades 3 to 4 Cover

Suppose the Wolf 3-4 Sample Pages:

Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus: Grades 5 to 6

Author: Kemnitz, Myrna

Subjects: Language Arts; Bloom's Taxonomy; Literature

Age: 10, 11, 12

Grade: 5, 6

ISBN: 978-0-88092-637-9

Latest edition: November 2014

Order code: 6379

Price: $22.50
Website price: $15.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus: Grades 5 to 6 Cover

A Guide to Creative Questioning for Elementary-Grade Literature Based on Bloom’s Taxonomy

The foundation for this book is a selection of forty-nine children's books, ranging from classic stories that we remember as children to newer books that are destined to become favorites for generations of readers. Each story is listed with a brief synopsis and a set of questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy, with a few questions at each level. This enables instructors to engage children in meaningful discussions, beginning with simple questions and working up to questions that promote higher-order thinking skills. 

The stories covered are:

Island of the Blue Dolphins
White Fang
Sounder
Redwall
Freaky Friday
Blubber
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
The Kipton Chronicles #1: Kipton and Gruff
Dragon Charmer
The Incredible Journey: A Tale of Three Animals
The Summer of the Swans  
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Harly Weaver and the Race Across America
Danny, the Champion of the World
For the Love of Gold
There’s a Bat in Bunk Five
Jake’s the Name—Sixth Grade’s the Game
The Black Stallion
Love, From the Fifth-Grade Celebrity
The Death of Old Man Hanson
A Girl Called Al
Make Me Disappear
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth
A Wrinkle in Time
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Taking Control
Saratoga Captive
Trapped!
The Call of the Wild
Anastasia, Ask Your Analyst
Bridge to Terabithia
The Great Gilly Hopkins
Belly Up
The Westing Game
How to Eat Fried Worms
Count the Stars Through the Cracks
The Little Prince
Black Beauty
The Sign of the Beaver
The Pearl
The Cay
If I Touched an Eagle
The Inexperienced Ghost
Bottles of Eight and Pieces of Rum
Most Beautiful
The Ghost from the Schenectady Massacre: A Haunting from the Dutch Settlers    
Hold On Tight

A Guide to Creative Questioning for Elementary-Grade Literature Based on Bloom’s Taxonomy

The foundation for this book is a selection of forty-nine children's books, ranging from classic stories that we remember as children to newer books that are destined to become favorites for generations of readers. Each story is listed with a brief synopsis and a set of questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy, with a few questions at each level. This enables instructors to engage children in meaningful discussions, beginning with simple questions and working up to questions that promote higher-order thinking skills. 

The stories covered are:

Island of the Blue Dolphins
White Fang
Sounder 
Redwall
Freaky Friday
Blubber 
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
The Kipton Chronicles #1: Kipton and Gruff
Dragon Charmer
The Incredible Journey: A Tale of Three Animals
The Summer of the Swans  
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Harly Weaver and the Race Across America
Danny, the Champion of the World
For the Love of Gold
There’s a Bat in Bunk Five
Jake’s the Name—Sixth Grade’s the Game
The Black Stallion
Love, From the Fifth-Grade Celebrity
The Death of Old Man Hanson
A Girl Called Al
Make Me Disappear
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth 
A Wrinkle in Time
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Taking Control
Saratoga Captive
Trapped! 
The Call of the Wild
Anastasia, Ask Your Analyst
Bridge to Terabithia
The Great Gilly Hopkins 
Belly Up
The Westing Game 
How to Eat Fried Worms
Count the Stars Through the Cracks
The Little Prince
Black Beauty
The Sign of the Beaver
The Pearl
The Cay
If I Touched an Eagle
The Inexperienced Ghost
Bottles of Eight and Pieces of Rum
Most Beautiful
The Ghost from the Schenectady Massacre: A Haunting from the Dutch Settlers    
Hold On Tight

Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus: Grades 5 to 6 Cover

Suppose the Wolf 5-6 Sample Pages:

Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus: Grades 7 to 8

Author: Kemnitz, Myrna

Subjects: Language Arts; Bloom's Taxonomy; Literature

Age: 12, 13, 14

Grade: 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-88092-647-8

Latest edition: November 2014

Order code: 6478

Price: $22.50
Website price: $15.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus: Grades 7 to 8 Cover

A Guide to Creative Questioning for Middle School Literature Based on Bloom’s Taxonomy

The foundation for this book is a selection of forty-three children's books, ranging from classic stories that we remember as children to newer books that are destined to become favorites for generations of readers. Each story is listed with a brief synopsis and a set of questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy, with a few questions at each level. This enables instructors to engage children in meaningful discussions, beginning with simple questions and working up to questions that promote higher-order thinking skills. 

The stories covered are:

The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Then Again, Maybe I Won’t
River Rats
The Weaver’s Scar
Death Be Not Proud
The Diary of Anne Frank
The Outsiders
Lyddie
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
A Day No Pigs Would Die
The Scarlet Letter
The Slave Dancer
Ivanhoe
The Old Man and the Sea
Where the Red Fern Grows
Billy Budd
Rebecca
Legend of the North
The Count of Monte Cristo
Abe and the Wild River
Troubling a Star
The Tale of a Hero and the Song of Her Sword
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Key to Honor
Nadia of the Night Witches
Beyond the Yellow Star to America
We Have to Escape
Cassie’s War
Treasure Island
Going Solo
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The Journal of Jenny September
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Charissa of the Overland
The Shot Not Heard Around the World
Surviving Erebus: An Antarctic Adventure
Unswept Graves
Strangers in Black
In Sherman’s Path
The Price of Command
Through Goya’s Eyes
The Lady or the Tiger?

A Guide to Creative Questioning for Middle School Literature Based on Bloom’s Taxonomy

The foundation for this book is a selection of forty-three children's books, ranging from classic stories that we remember as children to newer books that are destined to become favorites for generations of readers. Each story is listed with a brief synopsis and a set of questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy, with a few questions at each level. This enables instructors to engage children in meaningful discussions, beginning with simple questions and working up to questions that promote higher-order thinking skills. 

The stories covered are:

The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Then Again, Maybe I Won’t
River Rats
The Weaver’s Scar
Death Be Not Proud
The Diary of Anne Frank
The Outsiders
Lyddie
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
A Day No Pigs Would Die
The Scarlet Letter
The Slave Dancer
Ivanhoe
The Old Man and the Sea
Where the Red Fern Grows
Billy Budd
Rebecca
Legend of the North
The Count of Monte Cristo
Abe and the Wild River
Troubling a Star
The Tale of a Hero and the Song of Her Sword
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Key to Honor
Nadia of the Night Witches
Beyond the Yellow Star to America
We Have to Escape
Cassie’s War
Treasure Island
Going Solo
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The Journal of Jenny September
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Charissa of the Overland
The Shot Not Heard Around the World
Surviving Erebus: An Antarctic Adventure
Unswept Graves
Strangers in Black
In Sherman’s Path
The Price of Command
Through Goya’s Eyes
The Lady or the Tiger?

Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus: Grades 7 to 8 Cover

Suppose the Wolf 7-8 Sample Pages:

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