by Dav Pilkey
Lesson plans and teaching resources
Creating a Feast for the Senses With Mentor Texts
Students investigate published texts to help them learn how to revise their writing to add words and phrases that will create sharp, sensory-rich experiences for their readers. Includes student handouts for sensory images, rubric. Uses Dogzilla as a mentor text.
Students note details as they read. Includes text-dependent questions, vocabulary words, a culminating writing task, and additional learning activities. Word processor required for access.
Before-, during-, and after-reading small group activities. Students compare and contrast, read actively, and analyze characters. Includes handouts.
This slide presentation introduces vocabulary words and reading skills.
In this YouTube video (5:04), students read the story aloud. They also composed the musical background.
A Scientific Mishap: Organizing a Story with Purposeful Paragraphs
Using Dogzilla as a mentor text, students create a "combined creature" of their own and then write a 3-paragraph story of the laboratory accident that created it. Includes student models.
Writing task for lesson on
Includes writing prompt, graphic organizer, student handouts, model essay. Emphasis is on providing evidence. 6 pages, word processor required.