THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX by Kate DiCamillo, Winner of the Newbery Medal

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3rd - 6th
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THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread, by Kate DiCamillo, Newbery Medal

One tiny mouse, the only surviving baby in his litter. One tiny mouse is touched by the light. One tiny mouse seeks the light through beauty, music, truth, courage, and love. Despereaux.

One beautiful princess with a heart full of light. The Princess Pea

One wretched rat, born in a dungeon. One wretched rat who sees the light, wants the light, goes toward the light, only to find darkness. Chiaroscuro

One small girl, traded for trinkets, abused, degraded, trapped in darkness. Miggory Sow.

Four stories whose threads become woven together with dark and light....The Tale of Despereaux. A new classic spreading light.

The Kids Wings Literature Guide written by Suzy Red for The Tale of Despereaux comes to you in PowerPoint and PDF format for best projection and printing possibilities. The Activities include:

Readers Theater Script for Chapter 1
Become a Character!
Anticipation Guide
Chapter Questions for Predict-Read-Confirm, 4 pages
Despereaux's Song to the tune of Shenandoah
Four Stories, Four Songs=Perfect Harmony (A Round of 4 Different Songs for the 4 Different Stories)
Vocabulary Threads: Word Walls
Confessions (Multiple Choice)
The New Law in a Monarchy
Proofread: A Letter to the King with Multiple Choice questions--4 pages
Let's Make a Law
"Reading Between the Lines" Magazine Article and Questions--4 pages
The Hearts of the Characters
Timeline comparing the 4 main charactes
Crossword Puzzle Review of Chapters 1-15
Mouse Math--Weight
Illustrating Important Scenes
Every Action Has a Consequence -- Illustrate It!
Comparing a Movie with the Book
Crossword Puzzle Review of Book the Second, Chiarscuro
Writing Prompts


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