The Hundred Dresses Book Club Focused on Story Elements

The Hundred Dresses Book Club Focused on Story Elements

Peggy, Maddie, and Wanda are classmates who come from different worlds. Peggy is privileged, Maddie wears Peggy’s “redesigned” dresses, and Wanda lives with her father and brother on the wrong side of town. This Newberry Honor book uses the interactions of these three characters to spin a classic tale about the importance of treating others with kindness. While the focus of The Hundred Dresses Book Club is analyzing characters, students will also be exposed to a valuable lesson about how to treat their peers.
  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 5 book club meetings focused on Story Elements
  • 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 The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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Peggy, Maddie, and Wanda are classmates who come from different worlds. Peggy is privileged, Maddie wears Peggy’s “redesigned” dresses, and Wanda lives with her father and brother on the wrong side of town. This Newberry Honor book uses the interactions of these three characters to spin a classic tale about the importance of treating others with kindness. While the focus of The Hundred Dresses Book Club is analyzing characters, students will also be exposed to a valuable lesson about how to treat their peers.
  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 5 book club meetings focused on Story Elements
  • 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 The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes. 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 characterization, a list of instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to The Hundred Dresses Book Club.

Author Eleanor Estes created three main characters to tell the story of The Hundred Dresses. Teaching your readers how to examine each of the characters' traits, emotions, and motivations, will help them understand the story more fully through personal connection to the characters.

Identifying character traits (how a character looks or behaves) is an ideal way to start learning about characterization. This The Hundred Dresses Book Club focuses on teaching students how to use the text to create an image of each character. Students will use a graphic organizer to help them track their thinking about the main characters.

Another way to explore characterization in The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes is to look at character emotions. Often times, characters have strong feelings in response to a major story event. Identifying these emotional reactions helps your students as readers by allowing them to connect to the character.

The final building block to exploring characterization using Eleanor Estes' The Hundred Dresses is examining character motivations. A character's traits, emotions, and story events can all be motivating factors, or influences, for a character. Readers will need to consider all of these pieces as they practice identifying motivations for each character.

During this final The Hundred Dresses Book Club meeting, students will use their work on characterization to identify ways that the main characters may have changed over the course of the story. Students will showcase their learning with an interactive culminating activity.

Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with characterization.
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Book Title:
The Hundred Dresses
Book Author:
Eleanor Estes
Grade Level:
3
Genre(s):
Realistic Fiction
F&P Guided Reading Level:
P
DRA Level:
38
Reading Recovery Level:
38
Theme(s):
Award Winners, Bullying, Decision Making, Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness
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Common Core Alignment: RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.3.6, RL.3.7, RL.3.9, RL.3.10, RF.3.3, RF.3.4, SL.3.1c, SL.3.1d, SL.3.2, SL.3.3, W.3.8, L.3.4a, L.3.5b, L.3.6
Vocabulary Connections: L.3.4a, L.3.5b, L.3.6
TEKS Alignment: 3.1A, 3.1C, 3.1D, 3.1E, 3.6A, 3.6B, 3.6C, 3.6D, 3.6E, 3.6F, 3.6G, 3.6H, 3.6I, 3.7A, 3.7B, 3.7C, 3.7D, 3.7E, 3.7F, 3.7G, 3.8A, 3.8B, 3.8C, 3.8D, 3.9A, 3.9B, 3.9C, 3.9D(i), 3.9D(ii), 3.9D(iii), 3.9E(i), 3.9E(ii), 3.9E(iii), 3.9F, 3.10A, 3.10B, 3.10C, 3.10D, 3.10E, 3.10F, 3.10G, 3.13A, 3.13C, 3.13E, 3.13H
Vocabulary Connections: 3.7E, 3.7F, 3.3A, 3.3B
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