Tips for "Sidekicked"

As You Read: 

Encourage your child to stop after each chapter and give a short synopsis of what they've just read. This will encourage active reading, helping with reading comprehension and piecing the story together along the way.


Extending the Story:

Andrew may technically be a sidekick but at the end of the day, he steps up and does what he needs to do to save the day when his Super decides that he doesn't need to do anything. Create your own super hero identity and consider the following questions when creating your identity: What is your super power? Name? Weakness? How can you help people? What is your code of conduct? (You can consult Andrew's code of conduct for  some ideas). Create a mockup of your costume design and take some ideas from your favorite superheroes if you need some inspiration. If you want more of John David Anderson, consider checking out the companion book to "Sidekicked", which is "Minion."

Other Useful Tips

Before Your Child Begins Reading, Create a K-W-L Chart

Create a K-W-L Chart and have your child fill in the first two columns with information that s/he knows and wants to find out about the story. S/he can fill in the last column, "What I Learned", once s/he has finished the story.

What I Know

After reading the description on the back cover, discuss what your child already knows about the subject matter. Answer questions like "Who is the main character? Where does the story take place? What is the general premise?" Encourage him/her to describe what s/he sees on the cover that will tell him/her more about the story.

What I Want to Know

This section can be filled with questions that your child would like to have answered while reading the story.


After Reading, Consider Asking Your Child These Questions

  1. If you were to draw a picture of the story, what details would you include?
  2. What was the problem of the story? How was it solved?
  3. Which character did you identify with? Why?
  4. What questions did you have as you were reading?
  5. What do you think the author wanted you to learn from this story? Why do you think the author chose to end the story the way he/she did?
  6. What would you have done if you had been __________ during that part of the story?
  7. In your own words, what does _______ (insert vocabulary word) mean?
  8. Was ________ a good title for this story? Why?
  9. If you could change one thing in the story, what would it be? Why?