From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Lesson Plan Aid

Author: E. L. Konigsburg

Subject: Girl runs away to famous museum

Setting: New York, USA, contemporary

Claudia and her brother run away from home, then choose the Metropolitan Museum of Art as their hiding place. The story tells how they live, undiscovered, in the museum, sleeping in beds of royalty, bathing at night in a fountain, and visiting galleries. When they see what may be a Michelangelo sculpture, they must contact Mrs. Frankweiler to try to document it.

Lexile Measure: 860L
Grade Level: 4
Genre: Fiction
Sub-Genre: Realistic
Gender of Character: Female

Introduction to Book Punch
Book Punch guides students through the steps of thinking and writing about well-known core literature. Students write paragraphs responding to interactive writing prompts. The program tutors students to develop ideas and organize their thinking about what they have read.


In the story, Claudia has to meet some challenges on her adventure at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Think of a real or imaginary place where you would like to have an adventure. Write about a real or imaginary place you would like to go to and some of the challenges you might have.

Feeling underappreciated sometimes leads a person to take drastic action. In the story, Claudia's rebellion takes the form of her running away, but not in an "ordinary" manner. Write a paragraph describing Claudia's plans for leaving home.
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