The One and Only Ivan Novel Unit

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This resource is for a novel unit plan for The One and Only Ivan. This story is about Ivan, an easygoing gorilla, living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade where he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope in her novel, The One and Only Ivan.

Included in this unit are:
→ Pre-reading activities - which include links to videos and websites and a webquest to support the content within the novel.

→ Vocabulary and comprehension questions: this unit is divided into four parts. Each part contains vocabulary and comprehension questions. Normally, vocabulary is completed as a class prior to reading. Comprehension questions can be answered as a whole class, in small groups or individually to assess comprehension

→ Nonfiction articles - great way to meet Common Core standards.

→ Review sheets

→ Review game (Trashketball)

→ Assessments - come in colored, black and white, includes an answer key

→ Culminating project: Public Service Announcement - included with graphic organizers, research information and pictures of sample projects

This unit was designed and used with my eighth grade special education language arts students.

Entire unit comes in color or blackline masters. Choose which version fits the needs of your classroom.

Entire unit too expensive? Here is a link to parts 1 and 2:
The One and Only Ivan Unit for Parts 1 and 2

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The One and Only Ivan Novel Unit
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