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Because of Mr. Terupt is Rob Buyea’s debut novel published in 2010. Buyea has skillfully conveyed the impact that an inspiring new teacher has on his fifth-grade class told through the individual voices of seven students.  This is a wonderful book to use when discussing the literary tool of point of view for a novel study, literature circles, book clubs, or individual study in the classroom or home school.

Mr. Terupt, a first-year teacher, utilizes an unconventional teaching style that reaches the most difficult students while also inspiring lessons about tolerance, self-advocacy, and responsibility. The book is written in clear, modern language and Buyea’s perception of each of the seven key personalities of the students shines through giving any reader a character to relate to and evolve with.

Summary of Because of Mr. Terupt:

*From the book jacket

It’s the start of fifth grade at Snow Hill School, and seven students find themselves thrown together in Mr. Terupt’s class.

  • Peter, the class clown
  • Jessica, the new girl
  • Luke, the brain
  • Alexia, the queen bee
  • Jeffrey, the slacker
  • Danielle, the pushover
  • Anna, the shy one

They don’t have much in common, and they’ve never gotten along. Not until a certain new teacher arrives and helps them to find the strength inside themselves-and in each other. But when Mr. Terupt suffers a terrible accident, will his students be able to remember the lessons he taught them? Or will their lives go back to the way they were before-before fifth grade and Mr. Terupt?

 

This is a great novel to spur deep emotional discussions from different points of view and lends itself to deep dive in the analysis of the text and the characters with lessons students can apply to their real lives in the murky life of fifth grade and middle school.

I offer a complete novel study to accompany Because of Mr. Terupt for use in the classroom or homeschool with a strong focus on point of view analysis. The unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom.

Because of Mr. Terupt is a thought-provoking, powerful story that will move even the most reluctant of readers to a place where they can relate, learn, and grow along with the characters.