Literature Unit by: Read, Write: Learn! 2017 Amy S.
Juana and Lucas By: Juana Medina Copyright 2016 PenguinRandomHouse.com
Fiction; Memoir; Education; Social Issues
Reading Level: Lexile: 870 ; GL: 4.9
Interest level: Grade K-5
*This is an excellent read aloud text with intriguing, fun illustrations for younger and older readers. It especially whets the appetite for learning a new language! A fun twist, for U.S.A. learners, is the main character speaks Spanish and is learning English.
Note: This is a beautifully written, unique book. Since it includes higher level text, I have created this book study for an above average third grade to average fourth grade level group of learners. The fun, interesting illustrations and layout of the text will keep the readers engaged in their learning!
Awards: Winner of the 2017 Pura Belpré Author Award
Beginning Chapter Book:Has big words - read aloud for K-3. Some difficult words for 3rd grade students. Great for read aloud or high reading 3rd graders and high interest for 4th-5th grade learners.
Vocabulary, Vocabulary Definitions
Completed English/Spanish Chart; blank English/Spanish Chart
Questions and Suggested Answers to Questions
Related Common Core Standards
Templates for completing chapter summaries (who, did what, where, when and why) and questions for each chapter
Option of defined or undefined vocabulary words for each section
Template for completing Frayer Vocabulary Models
Option of completed or blank Spanish/English Chart
Definitions to vocabulary words are from: http://www.wordcentral.com/
Spanish definitions: http://www.spanishdict.com/translate
**Vocabulary options: students find unfamiliar words to define; students are given a list of words to define while reading; students are given a list of words with definitions to refer to while reading.
**It is the teacher’s decision on how to use the vocabulary words.
**Print multiple copies of the Frayer Vocabulary Template for students to use while reading Juana and Lucas. If, for example, you would like learners to locate 2 vocabulary words per chapter, you will probably want 20 copies per learner.
& In addition to English vocabulary words, this book includes 87 Spanish words. This unit includes a completed and a blank Spanish/English chart to use at your discretion. You may ask the learners to find and record the Spanish words, or provide learners with a completed chart.
*** As there are 89 Spanish words in the text, each learner will need 4 copies of the blank English/Spanish chart. (Back to Back would be perfect!)
**Questions are based on Fountas and PInnell Level O Guided Reading Comprehension Questions. (Text is higher than content in difficulty for readability.)
**Note: Answers are given to help the teacher guide the discussion - especially if the teacher has not had time to read the text. Allow students to discuss their answers, probing for evidence from the text. A few questions do not include an answer, as the answers are interpretations from the text.