Rob and I have posted a Comprehension Notebook for The Princess Diaries on TeachersPayTeachers.com for $.99. It has a kid-facing notebook of questions that ask plot, perspective and secondary character questions. I’ve used it as a:
- comprehension check
- book club guide
- starting point for guided reading
It also has an answer key that provides exemplar answers. This Comprehension Notebook is easy to use and will ensure that your students understand The Princess Diaries.
We chose to create a Comprehension Notebook for The Princess Diaries because this book fits perfectly into a middle school reading ladder. It has a Lexile Level of 920, which is appropriate for 6th-10th grade. I’ve also seen this book with a variety of F&P Levels, ranging from Level U up to Level Y.
For context, it is harder than Dork Diaries because the language is more complex, there are more flashbacks and asides, the plot is more complex and the text is longer. On the other hand, it is easier than The Fault in Our Stars, for all of the same reasons listed above, but in reverse.
We also chose The Princess Diaries because it’s an easy “sell.” Kids love the first-person diary format and the content is immediately appealing. The main character, Mia Thermopolis, is witty, silly and sensitive – just like any teenager. Also, the book is a series, so any student who enjoys The Princess Diaries, has the next month or two of reading lined up.
The first several questions and answers are available for free at TeachersPayTeachers. Give it a try and tell us what you think!