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Islandborn Close Reading Lesson Plans

Grade Levels
2nd - 3rd, Homeschool
Formats Included
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18 pages
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We all know we should be teaching our students how to close read. But the reality is, it’s hard to find time to pick a text worthy of a close read AND create a Close Reading Unit (with text-dependent questions) to go along with it!

This resource is a solution to that problem! Islandborn by Junot Diaz is such a rich, multi-layered book, making it a perfect choice for a Close Reading Unit.

This Close Reading Unit allows you to teach students how to deeply analyze Islandborn through 3 different lenses across 3 days:

Day 1 – What Does the Text Say?

General Understanding

Key Ideas and Details

♦ Day 2 – How Does the Text Work?



Author’s Craft

♦ Day 3 - What Does the Text Mean?

Author’s Purpose


♥ The rationale behind this product

♥ A 3-page Common Core alignment outline

♥ An Anatomy of a Lesson Plan page, which explains how the lesson plans are designed

♥ Tips for a Successful Close Reading Lesson

♥ The Close Reading Unit (3 Days of Lesson Plans)

♥ Close Reading Sticky Note Template Printing Directions so you can print the Close Reading prompts/questions on your 3x3 sticky notes

♥ 4 pages of Sticky Note Templates, which have the Close Reading prompts/questions printed on them

Looking for an Islandborn Book Study? Click here.

Rating after downloading is greatly appreciated.

Yours in Literacy,

Sheila ☺

Total Pages
18 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series).
Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).
Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.


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