The One and Only Ivan | Novel Study Unit | Book Companion | Distance Learning

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This complete and engaging literacy unit for The One and Only Ivan [ by Katherine Applegate] will save YOU time and engage your students in a meaningful reading experience. Reading responses, graphic organizers, comprehension questions, vocabulary, writing about reading, character study, story elements, pre-reading pages and activities, end of book "thinking questions", learn about gorillas and the 'real' Ivan ! Assign this book for reading at home and send these pages to your readers. Newly revised into sections for helping with student assignments. Perfect for independent work packet, school at home, distance learning and homeschoolers.

These writing prompts and graphic organizers

• will enable young readers to make connections to their reading

• will support reading strategies taught

• will improve reading comprehension

• will engage students in literature in a meaningful way

Focus Skills Included in this Teaching Resource:

  • character study pages
  • adjectives to describe the characters
  • setting
  • learning new words
  • writing about the theme - kindness and belonging
  • compare and contrast Ivan's domain and natural habitat
  • ‘thick and thin’ questions
  • comprehension questions by section
  • sections listing
  • problem and solution
  • Ivan's Promise
  • Ruby's Problem
  • summarize the story page
  • learn about gorillas - find the evidence
  • ‘make a cover’ for your One and Only Ivan folder
  • KWL chart on gorillas
  • end of book "thinking" pages
  • prompt to find more about the real Ivan's life

What ways can I use these pages with my students?

  • keeping a reading journal or writing folder about my reading
  • independent reading and writing about books
  • small reading group assignments
  • whole class read aloud - responding to literature
  • springboard for meaningful class discussions
  • building a community of readers and writers
  • share pages in your literature circles
  • book talks
  • homework pages

This book is a wonderful book teaching the theme of kindness and belonging. Applegate has an important message about Ivan, the Gorilla. She wrote this book in 2013 and won the Newbery Award! You will be able to use these pages if you decide to do a read aloud with the book; or if you assign the book for independent reading. These writing pages will help readers to learn reading strategies, word study and writing skills.

Distance Learning Tip: You can easily extract pages from your pdf file. In this way, you can choose to send students some of the pages in a pdf file. i.e. assignment one, assignment two. You can rename your files also for easy reference. You can learn to do this in about 3 minutes time; just google "extract pages from a pdf file".

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