A Different Pond | No-Prep Illustrated Book Study | Middle School Reading

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Grade Levels
6th - 8th, Homeschool
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42 pages
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Over 50 pages of Common Core aligned resources specifically tailored to the text. This complete unit connects to 24 different standards, models comprehension skills for independent reading, and encourages readers to move beyond basic comprehension.


This 2018 Caldecott Award winner, by Bao Phi illustrated by Thi Bui, looks into the relationship between an father and son, as well as the ways of old and new cultures.

A young boy (Bao) and his father wake early in the morning so that they can fish to feed the family. During those times each day, Bao's father tells him about life around a different pond in his home country of Vietnam. This book takes a look at what it's like to live between two words and provides a beautiful springboard into discussions about families, immigration, and love.


  • Celebrate diverse literature
  • Provide complete support to teachers
  • Make it easy to introduce a new novel into the curriculum
  • Enhance literacy and writing skills
  • Model comprehension strategies
  • Incorporate literary elements and terms
  • Encourage critical thinking
  • Adapt and accommodate for a wide range of reading levels


  • Courageous Readers and Comprehension Skills graphics
  • Pre-Reading Activities: introduces the book and its themes
  • Reading Road Maps: These resources are specific text-centered questions. that feature one comprehension skill and include an exact page reference for added support. Complete answer key included.
  • Enrichment Activities: Each section of text includes 1-3 activities. These activities reach a variety of learning styles and levels. They focus on character development, plot structure, text analysis, creative and critical thinking, point of view, author style, and more.
  • Vocabulary Words: These words are taken from the text, complete with page number reference and definition.
  • Vocabulary Activities: These activities provide opportunity for students to dig deep into meaning, connotation, etymology, and usage.
  • Task Cards: Use these for flexible or differentiated instruction.
  • Writing Prompts: Two prompts are provided for informative, persuasive, and narrative writing.
  • Culminating Projects: These assessment tools require critical thinking, text analysis, and in some cases creative expression. They provide for differentiation. Each project comes with its own rubric.
  • Quick Quiz: This quiz is a fast way to assess comprehension. It hits the major themes of the book in a succinct, efficient way.
  • Response Keys and Rubrics: Provided for all Reading Road Maps, quizzes, writing prompts, and projects.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.


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