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Poppy Book Club Focused on Theme

Poppy Book Club Focused on Theme

Poppy, a brave, smart, and curious field mouse, challenges the great horned owl, Mr. Ocax, as she tries to save her family by finding them a new home. Avi’s Poppy is an excellent novel to use with readers learning to examine how a story’s theme is developed through the characters’ actions and dialogue and supported by the story elements. Avi demonstrates the powerful roles of fear and courage in our lives using the adventurous underdog, Poppy.
  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 6 book club meetings focused on Theme
  • 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 Poppy by Avi. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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Poppy, a brave, smart, and curious field mouse, challenges the great horned owl, Mr. Ocax, as she tries to save her family by finding them a new home. Avi’s Poppy is an excellent novel to use with readers learning to examine how a story’s theme is developed through the characters’ actions and dialogue and supported by the story elements. Avi demonstrates the powerful roles of fear and courage in our lives using the adventurous underdog, Poppy.
  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 6 book club meetings focused on Theme
  • 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 Poppy by Avi. 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 determining theme, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to the Poppy Book Club.

The theme of a story lets the author share an important idea with the reader. Using Poppy, students will explore how author, Avi, develops the theme of fear and courage throughout the text.

Being able to summarize the most important details of the text is an important step towards determining a story's theme. This Poppy Book Club meeting focuses on teaching the students to write a successful summary of the text as they read.

Using an already identified theme of fear and courage, readers will examine Poppy by Avi to look for evidence in the text of how the theme is developed.

Discussion for this Poppy Book Club meeting centers on examining character actions and dialogue for evidence of how the theme of fear and courage is developed by author, Avi.

Authors often use story elements to express their theme to readers. Poppy provides an example of how author, Avi, uses the story's setting to support the theme of fear and courage.

During this final Poppy Book Club meeting, students are asked to create a visual representation that showcases their learning related to determining theme. Students are also encouraged to reflect on their participation in the Book Club as a whole.

Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with determining theme.
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Book Title:
Poppy
Book Author:
Avi
Grade Level:
4
Genre(s):
Fantasy
F&P Guided Reading Level:
S
DRA Level:
40
Reading Recovery Level:
40
Theme(s):
Adventure, Family, Friendship, Perseverance
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TEKS
Common Core Alignment: RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.5, RL.4.6, RL.4.7, RL.4.9, RL.4.10, SL.4.1a, SL.4.1b, SL.4.1c, W.4.8, L.4.4a, L.4.5c, L.4.6, W.4.9
Vocabulary Connections: L.4.4a, L.4.5c, L.4.6
TEKS Alignment: 4.1A, 4.1C, 4.1D, 4.6A, 4.6B, 4.6C, 4.6D, 4.6E, 4.6F, 4.6G, 4.6H, 4.6I, 4.7A, 4.7B, 4.7C, 4.7D, 4.7E, 4.7F, 4.7G, 4.8A, 4.8B, 4.8C, 4.8D, 4.9A, 4.9B, 4.9D(i), 4.9D(ii), 4.9D(iii), 4.9E(i), 4.9E(ii), 4.9E(iii), 4.9F, 4.10A, 4.10B, 4.10C, 4.10D, 4.10E, 4.10F, 4.10G, 4.13A, 4.13C, 4.13E, 4.13H
Vocabulary Connections: 4.7E, 4.7F, 4.3A, 4.3B
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