This 5 page, 7 section, comprehensive set of lesson plans accompanies Cynthia Rylant's short story "Stray." Part 1 is a 40 question open book scavenger hunt; Part 2 comprises 8 vocab words in context; Part 3 is identifying details to establish theme; Part 4 is on "surprise ending;" Part 5 identifies & defines the Figurative Language Ms. Rylant uses in this story; Part 6 is on characterization & writing topic sentences; Part 7 is writing clincher sentences. This set of lesson plans is perfect for a 2-3 day teacher absence (emergency sub plans); this packet will run itself. (Add water & stir!) The 5 page ANSWER KEY is included.