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Activity Overview

Say’s beautiful illustrations in the book are also paired with rich language. The language is simple, yet elegant. In this activity, students demonstrate their understanding of adjectives by finding textual evidence in the story. Students will compile a list of adjectives that Say uses in the text to help the reader make a picture in their mind. Using a spider map, the students will add the text with the adjective and then illustrate what they see when they hear the phrase.

Phrase from Text: gaping windows

"They peered into gaping windows of empty houses with not a single piece of furniture inside."

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the headings, write the examples of an adjectives in the poem.
  3. In the descriptions, write the line of the poem that contains the adjectives.
  4. Add illustrations that use the appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and Exit

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/3/4] Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
  • [ELA-Literacy/L/2/3] Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
  • [ELA-Literacy/L/3/5] Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings.


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