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."

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Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

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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