From the Mixed-up Files…

(1 customer review)


About the story

Claudia Kincaid runs away because no one understands her. She chooses the elegant Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City because she aspires to elegance, and she takes her little brother with her because he has cash. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is the story of their escapades as they sleep in the museum, evade capture, and enthusiastically research a stolen statue—a small angel, possibly by Michelangelo himself! Their quest takes them to the statue’s donor, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, who not only reveals the statue’s true source, but helps Claudia see that elegance is an illusion, and that having knowledge is better than having wealth.

About the LitWits Explorer’s Guide

Experience From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler with your students in fun, meaningful ways! Your kids can plan (and budget) their own Kincaidian escapes, correct Jamie’s grammar, take a virtual tour of Michelangelo’s most famous work, hide their own rare sketch in a mixed-up file, plot their way through Manhattan, ponder a real-life sculpture mystery, dine on Automat-Frankweiler fare, pitch a grant proposal to a somewhat intimidating Mrs. Frankweiler, pair up some odd words, and so much more!

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are private web pages that include creative and academic downloadables. This lesson planning resource is ideal for ages 8-12, but it’s highly adaptable. Scroll down to get more details and a free idea with template.



Product Description

The LItWits Kit for FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS BASIL E FRANKWEILER by KonigsburgThe LitWits Explorer’s Guide for From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Everything in this “experience guide” comes from our unique sensory workshops on From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. It’s packed with hands-on ways to get into the characters’ shoes. When kids see, feel, hear, taste, smell, and DO what the characters did, they understand more. Better yet, they want to read more.

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are web pages packed with downloadables—templates, activity aids, academic handouts, and more. (Here’s a sample, for a different book.) Because our guides live online, we can link you to useful info and audiovisuals. And you’ll always have the very latest updates!

The LitWits Explorer’s Guide for From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler includes:

  • sensory prop suggestions, with photos
  • creative project and activity ideas, with photos
  • printable templates, excerpts, and activity prompts
  • takeaway topics, to fuel meaningful conversations
  • printable handouts for creative writing, the narrative arc, setting, and more
  • research and audiovisual links, for one-stop prep and homework help
  • great quotes from the book, where copyright allows

This guide is adaptable to a wide range of ages. (See the Ways to Use tab for classroom and homeschool uses.) We find 8-12-year-olds consistently “ready to LitWit,” but you know best what your kids are ready for, interested in, and capable of.

Common Core Alignment
The LitWits experience of this book is jam-packed with carefully integrated lessons — but they’re embedded in FUN, so kids don’t feel “taught.”  At a bare minimum, the use of this guide helps meet these Common Core goals:

THIRD GRADE Common Core Alignment
FOURTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
FIFTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
SIXTH GRADE Common Core Alignment

Please note that LitWits® is a registered trademark of LitWits Workshops, LLC.  All LitWits Explorer’s Guides are copyrighted and may be used for non-commercial educational purposes only.

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1 review for From the Mixed-up Files…

  1. Linda (verified owner)

    Oh so many wonderful memories came flooding back when I saw this book listed as a LitWits kit. A childhood favorite, I was eager to share it with my own children. Aside from one natural, enthusiastic reader, I have two who prefer audio and one who is a reluctant reader.

    The LitWits kit helped me bridge that gap by engaging them with various sensory activities while discussing the book’s themes. Of course, the all important Bookbites (food!) helps immensely.

    Even if the book is not written for older teens (16+), the kit contents can engage them and allow those deeper conversations to occur. I’d love even more discussion starter tips on each book for older students to make any book a part of a ‘high school learning experience’.

    • Jenny Walicek

      We’re so glad this book brought back memories and that you found our kit helpful — thank you so much for taking the time to share! We do love these classic and vintage books for our personal connections to them. Not only is it more fun to teach those books, it connects us with the parents and teachers who loved them as kids, too! Thanks Linda – we appreciate you, as a teacher and customer and encourager.

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