The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate: Close Reading Novel Study Guide

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4th - 7th
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  1. Are you looking for great literature to read aloud? Are you looking for help with close reading? This is it!! Close reading guides for: Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, Wonder by RJ Palacios, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate and The Cay by Theodore Taylor.Close reading is an int
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Great book on the power of friendship. Are you looking for great literature to read aloud? Are you looking for a guide to help with close reading? This is it!! This is a guide to a close reading of The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. It's a beautiful story about Ivan the gorilla. It is told from his point of view in captivity in a circus.

Close reading is an integral part of teaching with the Common Core. Students need to know how to be analytic when reading texts and poems. I have outlined the components of authentic literacy and what it looks like in the classroom. I formatted the unit as follows. It begins with an explanation of close reading and how to format a lesson. Then, there is a story summary, themes listed and character descriptions. After that, I created focus questions for each chapter. There are explicit gradual release formatted lessons sprinkled throughout. I included a close reading sheet for each of the explicit lessons. You could use the focus questions to create more close reading lessons using the blank templates or for class discussions. At the end, there is a blank sheet for planning and to use with close reading of different chapters. I hope your students enjoy it as much as my students did. This isn't a bunch of worksheets as I don't teach that way. This is for going deep with the literature!

This novel won the Newbery award in 2012!! BTW, proof I know my stuff...I an an NBCT in Literacy: Reading-Language Arts and I won the LAUSD Teacher of the Year award 2017-18.

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The One and Only Ivan

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Fish in a Tree

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62 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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