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by Kate DiCamillo is a simple yet complex novel that lends itself to exploring author's craft. The novel isn't a difficult read but contains well developed characters who interact in carefully constructed scenes. Kate DiCamillo's writing is spare yet provocative. This 55 page lesson plan will guide your students in understanding and appreciating her craft through thoughtful reading. It contains precise lesson plans, teaching posters, teaching models, chapter summaries, graphic organizers, handouts as well as open ended response questions and possible student responses. This plan contains nine lessons with each lesson staggered with independent student work during following class periods:
Each lesson builds on the one preceding and provides your students with sufficient practice and scaffolding to do this high level work. This unit targets many literature common core standards in an integrated fashion. If you are looking for something simple yet complex and affordable, this unit plan is made for you.