Horace and Morris but Mostly Dolores by James Howe is a book about friendship. The three main characters are "the greatest of friends, the truest of friends, the now-and-forever-I'm-your sort of friends" until they find out that boys and girls are not supposed to play together. Their solution to this surprising problem bring this heart-warming story to a satisfying ending.
This literature unit consists of four pages that highlight comprehension as well as vocabulary development. The first worksheet introduces vocabulary and asks students to make predictions about what will happen based on them and the pictures in the book. Students are then asked to summarize the story's plot in a constructed paragraph on the second paper. The third page asks the kids to figure out what the rules might be in the girls-only and boys-only clubs shown in the book. They then need to make up the rules for the new club that the main characters create. Finally, the last page asks children to identify trios of rhyming words taken from the story and create sentences with them. This page emphasizes irregular phonetic forms - i.e., greatest, straightest and latest have the same long a sound spelled three different ways. This unit is designed for second through fourth grade readers. An answer key is included with this download.