Unit: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo

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Unit Description

Using Guided reading and transitioning into independent practice, student will use this book to help them better understand how to use various reading skills in ELA.

Lessons

Generic Vocabulary Lesson Ideas and Vocabulary List Resources: 1

Students will be able to define and use vocabulary words from the text to help them better comprehend the story.

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Beginning of Book I - Genre Resources: 3

Students will be able to state the definition of the fantasy genre and provide evidence as to why "The Tale of Despereaux" is a fantasy story.

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Details Resources: 4

Students will be able to identify details within “The Tale of Despereaux” and begin to sequence them on a time line.

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Main Idea 1 Resources: 3

Students will be able to use the details in the story to identify the main idea of the chapter.

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Character Traits Resources: 4

Students will be able to analyze the characters of Despereaux and Princess Pea and provide evidence to these traits in order to better understand their place in the story.

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Inferring about the Character Resources: 3

Students will be able to describe a character's feeling by imagining how they (the student) would feel if they were experiencing what the character goes through in the story.

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Main Idea II - End of Book I Resources: 1

Students will be able to identify the main idea for Book I and graphically depict the main idea to be compile a "Tale of Despereaux" picture book/graphic novelette.

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Start of Book II - Character Controdiction Resources: 2

Readers notice contradictions in a character by looking at how the character thinks, acts, and what the character says.

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Analyzing Details and Drawing Conclusions Resources: 3

Students will be able to identify and analyze the details in the story and be able to draw conclusions based on the those details.

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End of Book II - Cause and Effect - Analyzing Details Resources: 2

Students will be able to identify a chain of events within the story and be able to explain how one event will lead to another and continue a cycle of causes and effects.

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Beginning of Book III - Character Traits Resources: 2

Students will be able to explain why it is important to learn a character’s background in order to understand how they will act in the future.

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Analyzing Details an Drawing Conclusions Resources: 2

Students will be able to determine a character's motivations by learning what the character wants and how they try to get what they want in the story.

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Main Idea III - End of Book III Resources: 1

Students will be able to identify the main idea for Book I and graphically depict the main idea to be compile a "Tale of Despereaux" picture book/graphic novelette.

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Summary Resources: 2

Students will write a summary paragraph for a fiction story by identifying the most important events in the story.

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Making Inferences Resources: 2

Students will make inferences about character actions using “It says, I say, and So” and explain the importance of making inferences when reading.

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Characters Change Resources: 4

Students will explain how a character can change throughout a fiction story.

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Types of Conflict Resources: 2

Student will be able to analyze and describe different types of conflict in a fiction story.

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Main Idea IV - End of Novel Resources: 1

Students will be able to identify the main idea for Book IV and graphically depict the main idea to be compile a "Tale of Despereaux" picture book/graphic novelette.

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End Presentation Resources: 1

Students will be able to present an alternative ending to "The Tale of Despereaux" based on their knowledge of Character Traits, sequencing, Change in character, mail idea, detail analysis, Cause and effect, and genre.

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