A Bad Case of Stripes is a wonderful book to teach theme and the importance of loving yourself just as you are! This book can be used as a mentor text to teach 13 different ELA lessons in a small group or whole group setting. You can use these lessons to support a basal program, guided reading lesson, read aloud, or reading workshop. All 13 lessons include colorful posters to display as anchor charts, as well as student reproducibles that accompany every lesson.
The common core correlation is explicitly stated in this resource, suitable for grades 2-4. The following learning targets are included in this unit:
1. I can identify a cause and effect relationship with Camilla Cream in the story A Bad Case of Stripes.
2. I can identify the main character in the story. I can explain how the main character grows and changes from the beginning to the end of the story.
3. I can describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events. Or, I can identify how Camilla’s actions contributed to the sequence of events.
4. I can identify the character traits of Camilla Cream.
5. I can infer specific character traits about Camilla Cream. I can use clues about the character’s actions, words, and feelings to make an inference. I can use the text to support my thinking.
6. I can identify the point of view of A Bad Case of Stripes. I can support my thinking by using evidence from the text.
7. I can identify the author’s purpose of A Bad Case of Stripes. I can support my thinking by using evidence from the text.
8. I can ask and answer thick questions before, during, and after I read.
9. I can compare and contrast two stories with the same theme/topic.
10. I can identify the theme of A Bad Case of Stripes.
11. I can identify the theme of the story, A Bad Case of Stripes, using the text for support.
12. I can write a summary of the story.
13. I can identify Camilla’s external (outside) and internal (inside) character traits. I can use the text to support my ideas.
This unit ends with a reading celebration- a Camilla Cream art project.
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