Although “The Hundred Dresses” was written in 1944, it is a timeless book about an immigrant girl in America, where other children see her as "different" and mock her. This book is written at 3.3 grade reading level and is rich in content and possible classroom discussions and extensions.
The book centers on Wanda Petronski, a poor and friendless Polish-American girl. Her teacher, outwardly kind, puts her in the worst seat in the classroom and she does not say anything when her schoolmates tease her. One day, after Wanda's classmates laugh at her unusual last name and the faded blue dress she wears to school every day, Wanda claims to own one hundred dresses, all lined up in her closet at her worn-down house. This outrageous and obvious lie becomes a game, as the girls in her class corner her every day before school, demanding that she describe all of her dresses for them. She is mocked, and her father, Mr. Petronski, decides that she must leave that school. (taken from Wikipedia)
This novel study includes chapter-by chapter comprehension and inference questions, as well as opportunities for students to create their own higher level questions to bring to book group discussions.
A scoring rubric is included that can be used to help students reflect and improve on their written responses to reading. This can easily be changed to meet the needs of your students and your teaching.
At the end of the comprehension questions, you will find 59 related activities for this book. With hands-on activities, students are encouraged to be minds-on thinkers and problem-solvers. These projects are especially helpful in differentiating for diverse learners.
Related Common Core Standards for readling (literature) and writing are listed.
Answers are included.