This product can be used as a companion to the story Verdi, written by Janell Cannon. The first component is critical thinking comprehension questions using skills such as characterization, compare/contrast, context clues, finding text evidence, point of view, and theme. The second component is an activity used to teach cause and effect. Next, there is an activity used for using context clues to determine the meaning of vocabulary. There is also an activity for character analysis. This product will enhance instruction of important reading skills using a well-loved book!