Students will read about Brandon's family drum. The story is preceded by a guided reading lesson plan. The lessons are formatted using curriculum expectations and allow for before, during and after reading segments which assist with reading assessments. Independent practice pages incorporate reader's response and focus questions. A word study, Dolch sight word lists, word families list and anecdotal observations worksheet is also included. Meets Common Core Standards by reading and comprehending text, writing an opinion with supporting details, summarizing the text; identifying the theme and determining the meanings of unknown words.