Are you looking for a great novel to read with your students? The Tiger Rising is one your students will love. Like all of Kate DiCamillo’s novels, this one has rich characters and an interesting story plot.
In the novel, twelve-year-old Rob walks through the woods near his Florida home, he stumbles upon a caged tiger. The same day, he meets a girl named Sistine Bailey. Rob is full of bottled-up emotions. Before long, he begins confiding his feelings with Sistine. Rob even shows Sistine the tiger. When she sees it, she insists they let it go. This leads to tragedy.
Activities for The Tiger Rising
The Tiger Rising Unit Samples
Check out The Tiger Rising Book Unit with these free samples including:
- Vocabulary Practice for Chapters 1-3 [harbor and astounded]
- Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1-3
- Constructed Response Question – Symbolism
You can get the free book unit sample by clicking the button.
Activities on the Web
3D Tour of the Sistine Chapel
Sissy was named after the Sistine Chapel. Have students ‘visit’ the Sistine Chapel using this virtual tour.
Online Tiger Printables and How-Tos
- Dover Publications
- Tiger Origami
- How to Draw Cartoon Tigers
- Corner Bookmarks
Online Teaching Resources
Behind The Book – Kate DiCamillo
Official Trailer for the Movie The Tiger Rising
Correcting Run-on Sentences
Students practice correcting run-on sentences using four methods. All sentences contain interesting facts about tigers.
- Make separate sentences.
- Link the sentences or clauses with coordinating conjunctions making a compound sentence.
- Join the two clauses with a semicolon.
- Make one of the clauses dependent by adding subordinating conjunctions such as since, which, that, although, because, or while making complex sentences.
You can get this practice exercise by clicking on the button.
This is a partial answer key for the writing exercise.
1. Tigers have dark vertical stripes across reddish-orange fur one in 10,000 tigers carries the rare gene that makes them white.
Method Two Sentences Note: Creating two sentences is the easiest way to correct a run-on.
Tigers have dark vertical stripes across reddish-orange fur. One in 10,000 tigers carries the rare gene that makes them white.
5. Adult tigers live alone a group of tigers is called an ambush or streak.
Method Compound Sentence – Note: Sentences can be reversed to aid the relationship of the two parts.
Adult tigers usually live alone, but when they are in a group they are called an ambush or streak.
6. Cubs are born blind they open their eyes 1-2 weeks after birth.
Method Semicolon – Note: Using a semi-colon is an easy way to correct a run-on. Point out to students that the relationship between the two sentences must be closely related for semicolons to work.
Cubs are born blind they open; their eyes 1-2 weeks after birth.
Challenge students to take one run-on sentence and correct it using all four methods.
10. Tigers eat until they are full then they cover the carcass with leaves and dirt to save for later.
Method Complex Sentence
Since tigers eat only until they are full, they must cover the carcass with leaves and dirt to save for later.
Method Compound Sentence
Tigers eat until they are full, and then they cover the carcass with leaves and dirt to save for later.
Method Two Sentences
Tigers eat until they are full. Then they cover the carcass with leaves and dirt to save for later.
Tigers eat until they are full; then they cover the carcass with leaves and dirt to save for later.