Crash by Jerry Spinelli About the book: At least what most of us have in mind as a jock. He's cool; he's popular; he's well-dressed. Crash has a wonderful life, until life deals him a hand that he could not have expected.
Loser, by Jerry Spinelli, follows the life throughout grade school of a boy named Donald Zinkoff, who has a hard time achieving success in anything he does, yet proves to be very successful at being a good person. In this novel, he portrays a boy whose physical awkwardness and lack of aptitude for schoolwork gradually isolate him from his peers.
However, the boy never loses what is most significant such as his love of life, his self-respect, and his desire to help others. Zinkoff, as he is called through most of the book, is a cheerful and loving boy who is so thrilled to be in first grade when the book opens that he can hardly stop shouting and laughing with glee.
This exuberance immediately sets him apart from the other children, but they are too young to judge or scorn him for not being like them. Zinkoff is gloriously unaware that he is unusual. All the way through third grade, he maintains an almost unblemished joy in life and openness to relationships with people of all ages.
Unfortunately, only a few adults seem to understand and appreciate his special nature and among other children his age, he makes virtually no friends. His father, mother, and younger sister are all very supportive but the boy next door and another boy in school whom Zinkoff attempts to befriend reject his advances.
When he gets his only "A" in a test during all his years at elementary school, the other children praise him endlessly, and he does not realize they are mocking him. After he fares terribly during a major school sports day, the others start calling him "loser," although not to his face and he remains half-unaware of the name.
He joins the band but is also bad at playing music. He finds solace from the growing pressures of school in Willow Street near his home, where he once went with his father, a mailman. An old lady there speaks to him, as does the young mother of a small child named Claudia.
Such everyday decencies carry great weight for Zinkoff. In sixth grade, when he enters a big Middle School, he goes beyond "loser" to being invisible or a nobody. During the first snowstorm of winter, the little girl, Claudia, runs away and is lost.
Zinkoff hears about this and goes on a long, solo trek in the freezing weather, searching for her. He becomes disoriented and almost dies of exposure, only to discover later that Claudia had been quickly found in good health. By being true to himself, Zinkoff has become a hero even though the clueless kids at school still think of him as a nobody.
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49 pages of summaries and analysis on Loser by Jerry Spinelli. This study guide includes the following sections: Plot Summary, Chapter Summaries & Analysis, Characters, Objects/Places, Themes, Style, Quotes, and Topics for torosgazete.com: $ From renowned Newbery-winning author Jerry Spinelli comes a powerful story about how not fitting in just might lead to an incredible life.
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Multimedia Resources: 3. Loser, Jerry Spinelli book report by Cameron Johnson The setting of the story The setting takes place in John W Satterfield Elementary from 1st to 5th grade and Zinkoff's house which is relatively small but is big enough to fit Zinkoff's family.
See more Loser by Jerry Spinelli (, Hardcover) Email to friends Share on Facebook - opens in a new window or tab Share on Twitter - opens in a new window or tab Share on Pinterest - Seller Rating: % positive. Over 70 pages of reading comprehension and vocabulary materials for Loser, by Jerry Spinelli. Worksheets, guides, answer keys, and more. See more details below. Guest Book The main setting of the story "Loser" By Jerry Spinelli is in a small, interesting town. The story mostly takes place at Zinkoff's house, John W. Satterfield Elementary School, .
Find jerry spinelli lesson plans and teaching resources. From jerry spinelli's stargirl worksheets to loser by jerry spinelli videos, quickly find teacher-reviewed educational resources. Wringer, chapter 5, pupils use the "counting up/down technique" to recall an important moment in their lives.
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