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Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 11: Double Down

Last updated Monday, July 30, 2018

Author: Jeff Kinney
Date of Publication: 2016
ISBN: 1419723448
Grade Level: 5th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Aug. 2018

Synopsis: When Greg finds an old video camera in his basement, he thinks he may have discovered just the thing to prove he’s got big-time talent. With the help of his best friend, Rowley, Greg hatches a plan to make a scary movie . . . and to become rich and famous in the process. But is doubling down on movie-making a smart plan? Or is it just a recipe for doubling Greg’s troubles?

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Would you prefer having siblings or being an only child?
•  Do you like books or video games more?
•  Do you sometimes feel like you're in a movie or a reality TV show?


•  Broadcast - to transmit (programs) from a radio or television station
•  Torture - a method of inflicting excruciating pain, as punishment, revenge or cruelty
•  Brigade - a military unit that has its own headquarters, a large body of troops
•  Engineer - a prison trained/skilled in design, construction, and use of engines/machines
•  Dramatic - characteristic of the drama, especially involving conflict or contrast, vivid, moving

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Is Greg a good child or a disobedient one?
•  What is Greg's relationship with Rodrick and Manny like?
•  pg 96, do you think Maddox would be a good role model for Greg?

Craft ideas:
•  Make your own balloon for Balloon Brigade. Write a letter with your address on it, and write "return to this address." Attached the letter to the string you tie the balloon with. Blow balloon up and tie with string
•  Make an invitation to your "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" themed party. See example on Pinterest
•  Draw what you think the characters look like in your head
•  Check our craft ideas on Pinterest!

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!