This picture book guide was designed to help teachers prepare their students for Common Core extended response questions. It was also designed to help teachers make digital connections to literature. This guide focuses on character traits and story elements.
The guide opens with an introduction that gets students interested in the story by asking them to discuss their most treasured possessions.
Five guiding questions are provided that can be the basis for whole class discussion or individual student essay response.
An extension idea is provided in the form of a website that allows students to learn about artwork created with unusual items and to create their own online art.
The guide closes with the five guiding questions on three printable pages with plenty of room for written responses. An answer key is also provided.
Common Core Standards Addressed:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.3 Describe characters, settings, and major events in a
story, using key details.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its
characters, setting, or events.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where,
when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major
events and challenges.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words
in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting,
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