A Long Way from Chicago Fun Activities

Richard Peck
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Train Map

Conduct research on the rail line that Joey and Mary Alice Dowdel take from Chicago to visit Grandma in the small town where she lives. Use your research to create a map of the rail lines discussed in the novel.

News Article

Look in your local newspaper or archives for an article that involves some aspect of the novel and bring it to class. You will present it in front of the class and explain how it relates to the novel.


Write an obituary for one of the characters in the stories (even if the character does not die). Discuss the character's memorable traits, family, and friends.

Character Depiction

Draw your interpretation of a character from the novel. Artistic ability is not important, but your drawings should reflect the narrator’s description to some extent.

Setting Depiction

Create a model or drawing of a setting...

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