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The Treasure by Uri Shulevitz

Teacher Guide by Ashley Trudeau

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The Treasure Lesson Plans

Student Activities for The Treasure Include:

Caldecott Honor book, The Treasure by Uri Shulevitz, is a simple story with a bold message. It teaches the reader that, “Sometimes one must travel far to discover what is near.”

The Treasure Lesson Plans, Student Activities and Graphic Organizers

The Treasure Summary | Plot Diagram


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In this activity, students decide on what they think the important parts in the text are, and categorize them into the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Having students decide on the beginning, middle, and end will help them break up the text, and make it easier to choose one or two main events to create. Students can plan their ideas with a partner or individually and decide what main parts they would like to add to their storyboard.



Example The Treasure Summary

Beginning

Isaac has a reoccurring dream that tells him to go to the capital city and look for treasure by the bridge of the Royal Palace. He decides he will listen to his dream and journeys to the Palace.


Middle

At the Palace, the Captain of the Guards asks him why he is there and the man explains his dream. The Captain laughs and says it's a pity the man has traveled so far for a dream.


End

Isaac travels back to his home and digs under the stove and finds a treasure! He builds a house of prayer and adds an inscription. He sends a priceless ruby to the Captain of the Guards. Isaac is content and is never poor again.

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Student Instructions

Make a storyboard summary of The Treasure.


  1. Make a picture that shows the beginning of the story.
  2. Make a picture that shows the middle of the story.
  3. Make a picture that shows the end of the story.
  4. Write a sentence under each picture.


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The Treasure Vocabulary Lesson Plan

Another great way to engage your students is by creating a storyboard that uses vocabulary from The Treasure. In this activity, students demonstrate their understanding of vocabulary words using sentences and corresponding images. Students may be provided the vocabulary words, or they can use words that they have discovered through their reading of the text. The sentences and images validate the understanding of the word and the context that it was used in the story.

Here is a list of a few vocabulary words commonly taught with the story and an example of a visual vocabulary board.


Example Vocabulary Words for The Treasure

  • contentment
  • poverty
  • inscription
  • royal
  • journey
  • forest
  • palace
  • reach
  • inscription

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The Treasure Character Map Graphic Organizer


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As students read, a storyboard can serve as a helpful character reference log. This log (also called a character map) allows students to recall relevant information about important characters. With character mapping, students will record this information, helping them follow along and catch the subtleties which make reading more enjoyable!

You can click on this map and create a copy on your teacher account. Feel free to use it as is, or to edit it for the level of your class. Printing it as worksheets for your students to complete while reading is a fast and easy way to incorporate this character map into your classroom.


Isaac


Physical Appearance

  • Man
  • Worn-out clothing

Character Traits

  • Hungry
  • Poor
  • Persistent
  • Grateful

Evidence

  • "He lived in such poverty that again and again he went to bed hungry."

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Student Instructions

Create a character map for the major characters.


  1. Identify the major characters in The Treasure and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a Storyboard That character to represent each of the literary characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in the Textables for Physical Appearance, Character Traits, and Evidence.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.


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Making Connections on The Treasure


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Text Connections
Text to Text Connection that reminds you of something in another book or story
Text to Self Connection that reminds you of something in your life.
Text to World Connection that reminds you of something happening in the world.

Making connections is a very important skill to acquire and perfect. The Treasure is a great story for students to connect to. The storyboard example below includes only one connection, but students will make three types of connections: text to text, text to world, and text to self.


TEXT TO SELF

Text: Isaac has a reoccurring dream where a voice tells him to go to the city and look for treasure.

Self: I once had a dream about finding treasure and becoming rich.


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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that shows connections you have made with The Treasure. Include a connection for text to text, text to world, and text to self.


  1. Click "Use this Template" from the assignment.
  2. Identify parts of The Treasure that you connect with.
  3. Parts from the The Treasure go on the left side. The connections you make go on the right side.
  4. Create an image for each connection using scenes, characters, items, and text boxes.
  5. Write a description of how the text relates to another text, the world, and you.


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Point of View in The Treasure

Students will decide what point of view the narrator is speaking in. Using a storyboard, students can show the textual evidence and also illustrate it. The Treasure is told in the third person point of view. Writing from the third person point of view uses pronouns like he, she, it, or they to describe the main character in the narration.

This example storyboard uses one quote from the story. Depending on the level of your class, you may three examples.

Third Person

"When the dream came back a third time, he said, ‘Maybe it's true,’ and so he set out on his journey."
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The Treasure Summary

Isaac is a poor man. He has a dream that tells him to go to the capital city and search for treasure under the bridge near the Royal Palace. He pays no attention to it, as it is only a dream.

The dream occurs two more times, and Isaac decides he will journey to the capital city to search for treasure. Sometimes someone would give him a ride, but mostly he walks on his journey. He walks through forests and over mountains. He finally arrives at the city.

The bridge by the Royal Palace is guarded day and night. Isaac does not dare search for treasure, but he keeps coming back, wandering around the bridge. The Captain of the Guards asks Isaac why he is there. Isaac explains his dream and the Captain laughs at him. The Captain says if he would follow his dreams, he would be on a journey to the city where a man named Isaac lives, and dig up treasure under his stove. Isaac bows to the Captain and starts his long journey home. He crosses mountains and walks through forests. Sometimes someone would give him a ride, but mostly he walks. He finally arrives at his town.

When he gets to his home, he digs under the stove and finds treasure! He builds a house of prayer, and adds the inscription, “Sometimes one must travel far to discover what is near.” He sends the Captain of the Guards a priceless ruby, and lives the rest of his life happily.

Essential Questions for The Treasure

  1. Should you follow your dreams?
  2. What is the moral of the story? What did Isaac learn?


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