by Gary Soto
Lesson plans and teaching resources
Reading Skills and Strategies
Book talk, list of characters, vocabulary words.
Practice making inferences, vocabulary, making predictions.
Graphic organizer for cause-and-effect relationships; vocabulary; extending the novel.
Diction and Imagery
Graphic organizer to analyze diction and imagery.
Graphic organizer to find evidence of tone.
Whole-Novel Discussion and Activities
5 discussion questions and 2 post-reading activities.
Multiple Choice Test
A good source of learning activities, including journal writing, vocabulary words, minilessons on reading skills, comprehension questions, literature circle questions, writing prompts, graphic organizers, and more. 17 pages; Adobe Reader required.
Vocabulary drawn from the text, definitions, and online flash cards.