Frindle Comprehension Questions

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Increase your students' understanding of the Andrew Clements novel Frindle with these comprehension questions. Questions challenge students on different levels and cover literary elements such as characters, setting, and plot.

Frindle by Andrew Clements

Considered a ''must read'' by many fourth and fifth grade teachers, Frindle by Andrew Clements is an engaging story of a student-teacher relationship and the impact of words. Students are typically eager to read about protagonist Nick Allen's plight, but are they understanding the more nuanced aspects?

Find out what they understand by asking comprehension questions often. Pause during and after reading for formative and summative assessments. In this lesson, we will pose some important comprehension questions about different aspects of the book.

Character and Setting Questions

  • Character traits tell readers who a character is and what they're all about. Choose one character from the book Frindle. Find three interactions and three quotes that helped you get to know this character better and list them. Then, use descriptive vocabulary to tell about the character. What kind of person is he/she? How do you know?
  • Nick Allen is a bold student. Do you know anyone in your class like him? What kinds of things does he do that are shocking? Why?
  • Mrs. Granger has a strong reputation. Why is this? Does she deserve this reputation? Support your thinking with evidence from the book.
  • Nick has several friends who help him spread the word ''frindle.'' Describe their relationship and compare to students in your classroom. Are these classmates the same? Are they different? How?
  • How do the adults in Nick's life act, and react, to his quest to rename the pen? Think about what they do and why they do it, then write about three.

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