Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures Book Club Focused on Text Structure

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures Book Club Focused on Text Structure

Students will quickly fall for Ulysses the super squirrel in this expertly crafted book. By tempering some sensitive themes of self-doubt and broken homes with laugh out loud unanticipated occurrences, Kate DiCamillo has created a unique chapter book that makes it easy for readers to explore cause and effect. Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures blends traditional storytelling with graphic novel illustrations, making this book the ideal choice for mini-lessons focused on tracking cause and effect across longer texts.

  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 9 book club meetings focused on Text Structure
  • Chapter by chapter discussion questions and key vocabulary
  • Book Club calendar
  • Conversation prompts
  • Student self-evaluations forms
  • Reading response board
  • Culminating activity
  • Instructional focus assessment, answer key, and rubric
  • Note: This set of instructional resources is for use with the book Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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Students will quickly fall for Ulysses the super squirrel in this expertly crafted book. By tempering some sensitive themes of self-doubt and broken homes with laugh out loud unanticipated occurrences, Kate DiCamillo has created a unique chapter book that makes it easy for readers to explore cause and effect. Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures blends traditional storytelling with graphic novel illustrations, making this book the ideal choice for mini-lessons focused on tracking cause and effect across longer texts.

  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 9 book club meetings focused on Text Structure
  • Chapter by chapter discussion questions and key vocabulary
  • Book Club calendar
  • Conversation prompts
  • Student self-evaluations forms
  • Reading response board
  • Culminating activity
  • Instructional focus assessment, answer key, and rubric
  • This set of instructional resources is for use with the book Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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Book Club resources

The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.

The instructional overview includes instructional background for cause and effect, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to the Flora and Ulysses Book Club.

Recognizing and analyzing cause and effect relationships is a key skill in becoming a competent reader. Using Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, students will gain experience with causation in literature.

During this Flora and Ulysses Book Club meeting, students will be introduced to using a Cause and Effect Flow Chart to help them identify and visualize causation as they read.

Noticing cause and effect relationships in Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo will help students better understand the text. Book Club discussion focuses on the fact that one cause can have multiple effects.

When exploring causation in Kate DiCamillo's Flora and Ulysses, it is important for readers to notice that a single effect can have multiple causes. Since the causes can be revealed as the story progresses, a graphic organizer is useful for tracking and is introduced here.

When looking for causation, good readers look for clues and ask questions. Discussion for this Flora and Ulysses Book Club meeting centers on important questions for readers to ask themselves as they read.

Building on the causation questions that were introduced in the last Flora and Ulysses Book Club meeting, students will discuss important questions to ask to identify effects while reading.

Finding causation in Kate DiCamillo's Flora and Ulysses can be tricky. Readers will learn that sometimes in the story, the cause comes before the effect, and other times the effect will come before the cause. Looking for signal words in the text will help students identify cause and effect relationships.

Author Kate DiCamillo uses examples of causation throughout Flora and Ulysses. Building on the signal words that were the topic of the last meeting, students will now sort signal words into two groups; one set for cause and one for effect.

As students look at cause and effect one last time with Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, they will create a large graphic organizer that outlines the causes and effects of one squirrel being vacuumed up.

Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with cause and effect.
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Book Title:
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Book Author:
Kate DiCamillo
Grade Level:
5
Genre(s):
Fantasy
F&P Guided Reading Level:
U
DRA Level:
50
Reading Recovery Level:
Theme(s):
Award Winners, Friendship, Laugh Out Loud, Relationship Skills
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Common Core Alignment: RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, RL.5.5, RL.5.6, RL.5.7, RL.5.9, RL.5.10, RF.5.3, RF.5.4, SL.5.1a, SL.5.1b, SL.5.1c, W.5.8, W.5.9, L.5.4a, L.5.5, L.5.6
Vocabulary Connections: L.5.4a, L.5.5, L.5.6
TEKS Alignment: 5.1C, 5.1A, 5.1D, 5.6A, 5.6B, 5.6C, 5.6D, 5.6E, 5.6F, 5.6G, 5.6H, 5.6I, 5.7A, 5.7B, 5.7C, 5.7D, 5.7E, 5.7F, 5.7G, 5.8A, 5.8B, 5.8C, 5.8D, 5.9A, 5.9B, 5.9D(i), 5.9D(ii), 5.9D(iii), 5.9E(i), 5.9E(ii), 5.9E(iii), 5.9F, 5.10A, 5.10B, 5.10C, 5.10D, 5.10E, 5.10F, 5.10G, 5.13A, 5.13C, 5.13E, 5.13H
Vocabulary Connections: 5.7E, 5.7F, 5.3A, 5.3B
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