Verdi is by author Janell Cannon and a great choice for paired text studies. Kids may be scared of snakes, but they sure do love learning about them. This unit includes before/during/after activities to accompany the book, Verdi. Students will learn about snakes and the jungle, tier 2 vocabulary, character traits, character description, summarizing, sequencing, fictional elements,beginning/middle/end, thinking questions, and writing in response to reading. Children are fascinated by snakes. This unit could be used in conjunction with other nonfiction titles to explore characteristics of snakes and the jungle. Teachers can also use these activities for listening comprehension as well in the younger grades.