Looking for a versatile unit for the novel "Kid in the Red Jacket" by Barbara Parks? In this 34 page lesson packet you will find clear directions on guiding your students to closer reading and clearer understanding. There's lots to chose from: vocabulary practice, written response prompts, character mapping, plot elements mapping and much more. This novel is a great beginning of the year read about friendship. You could use the lessons for whole class, guided reading, literature circle groups or even as substitute lesson plans. Enjoy!