The Watsons Go to Birmingham

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“Enter the hilarious world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. There’s Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron, who is thirteen and an “official juvenile delinquent.” When Momma and Dad decide it’s time for a visit to Grandma, Dad comes home with the amazing Ultra-Glide, and the Watsons set out on a trip like no other. They’re heading south. They’re going to Birmingham, Alabama, toward one of the darkest moments in America’s history.”

Book description from Random House

You can access 189 questions about The Watsons Go to Birmingham in Castle Learning.


Teachers will find a combination of question types available to assess comprehension of The Watsons Go to Birmingham, including: multiple choice, short answer, fill-in-the-blank, and constructed/extended response.



Breakdown of topical questions:

  • Chapters 1-2: Introduction to Characters
  • Chapters 3-4: Kenny and Joetta
  • Chapters 5-7: Focus on Byron
  • Chapters 8-10: The Trip to Birmingham
  • Chapters 11-12: Grandma
  • Chapters 13-14: Kenny experiences death
  • Chapter 15 and End of Novel

Common Core Standards addressed by questions about The Watsons Go to Birmingham:

  • L. 7.5
  • RL. 6.1
  • RL. 6.2
  • RL. 6.3
  • RL. 6.4
  • RL. 6.5
  • RL. 6.6
  • RL. 7.1 
  • RL. 7.2
  • RL. 7.3
  • RL. 7.4
  • RL. 7.5
  • W. 7.1
  • W. 7.2
  • W. 7.9