In the book Rules by Cynthia Lord, twelve-year-old Catherine must spend the summer without her best friend who goes to California for the summer. A new girl moves in next door. Catherine hopes her autistic brother does not keep her from making friends.
Ideas for the Book
Using a Communication Board
I created this communication board to use with the novel Out of My Mind; however, it is a great activity to use with the book Rules as well. Jason uses an album of cards to communicate. In the story, Catherine is frustrated by this limited means of communication, so she makes Jason additional words.
One student will randomly draw a request slip from the stack.
The student will read the strip without showing his/her partner
The student will then try to make the request using only the “Communication Board” with no verbal instructions.
Which questions were the most difficult?
How did you feel when you couldn’t make your partner understand your request?
What words do you think should be added?
How would you draw words like gross, beautiful, or frustrated?