Jingle Dancer: Comprehension Questions


  • Explain what a jingle does.
  • Identify the characters who help Jenna prepare for the powwow.


  • Describe what happens in the story in your own words.
  • Retell why each person can’t dance at the powwow.


  • What can you learn from the way Jenna solved her problem?
  • What did you learn about contemporary Native Americans?


  • How is a powwow similar to a ballet recital? How is it different?
  • Examine where each of the characters live. Is it what you expected? Why or why not?


  • Imagine you were going to jingle dance. What things would you have to learn before that would be possible?
  • What events are important in your family each year? In what ways do you prepare for them?


  • What do you suppose happens after the powwow?
  • Which scene of the book is your favorite? Why?