The Most Magnificent Thing Read Aloud Book Guide | Questions | Google Classroom


The Most Magnificent Thing Read Aloud Book Guide accompanies the 2014 children’s book by Ashley Spires. Challenge students to connect with the girl and her experience of failing, taking a step back, and starting again. Identify and analyze the author’s use of descriptive adjectives and action verbs. Discuss and evaluate the various prototypes that come before the final ‘Magnificent Thing.’ Explore the concept of why magnificent things are hard to accomplish and ask students to recall and describe their own difficult accomplishments.

This product includes:

  • 12 high-level, short answer, page-by-page questions that will do more than just ask your students to regurgitate information.
  • A student book guide, PDF printer friendly version (7 pages)
  • A student book guide, PDF digital fillable form version (7 pages)
  • An answer key (7 pages) IS included with this movie guide, however answers may vary as students are encouraged to construct their own meaning from the characters’ dialogue and behavior.
  • A Google Forms Version of the Movie Guide
  • CCSS alignment indicating standards met, PDF (1 page – see also preview image)

Note: To make it easy to see which pages correspond to each question on the book guide, a description of the corresponding illustration is listed next to each question.


Here are my tips for using The Most Magnificent Thing Read Aloud Book Guide | Questions | Google Classroom in your classroom:

  1. Print one, double-sided The Most Magnificent Thing Read Aloud Book Guide for each student
  2. Preview the questions ahead of time to see if any tweaks need to made to suit your students
  3. Encourage discussions and further questions, but discourage students from simply copying answers.
  4. Randomly choose a student to share their answer and defend it if necessary.

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I ask questions that require students to ‘live’ on the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy.

K12 Movie Guides are on these other platforms as well:

Digital Version Tips

  • It is intended for a paperless, 1:1 tablet/iPad classroom
  • Ask students to download a PDF editor app if they don’t already have one. It needs to have a save function as well. I used Foxit PDF.
  • Host the file. I used google drive to share a folder with students.
  • When complete, ask students to save the file in a designated google drive folder using a naming convention. (I use LastnameFirstnameMovieGuide.pdf)

Distance Learning Tips:

  1. Distribute the digital PDF file or the google forms version to each student
  2. Use the screen sharing tool to read aloud the book and share the pictures with your students
  3. Pause for discussion after all or designated questions and give students time to respond