The Tale of Despereaux Lesson Plans & Teaching Resources Collection

The Tale of Despereaux Lesson Plans & Teaching Resources Collection

Beloved author Kate DiCamillo's The Tale of Despereaux, being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread, is the story of an unlikely hero. Born undersized and with exceptionally large ears, Despereaux is nevertheless destined to be heroic. He is honest and true, and through his experiences, young readers will learn the importance of storytelling. The text structure introduces the characters out of sequence, and readers will learn to construct meaning by piecing together the facts and events that bring the characters together. This is the perfect story for mini lessons focused on non-linear text structure.

  • Included in this collection
  • Lesson plans for 6 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
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Comprehension Assessment
  • Note: This set of instructional resources is for use with the book The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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Beloved author Kate DiCamillo's The Tale of Despereaux, being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread, is the story of an unlikely hero. Born undersized and with exceptionally large ears, Despereaux is nevertheless destined to be heroic. He is honest and true, and through his experiences, young readers will learn the importance of storytelling. The text structure introduces the characters out of sequence, and readers will learn to construct meaning by piecing together the facts and events that bring the characters together. This is the perfect story for mini lessons focused on non-linear text structure.

  • Included in this collection
  • Lesson plans for 6 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
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Comprehension Assessment
  • This set of instructional resources is for use with the book The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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Book Title:
The Tale of Despereaux
Book Author:
Kate DiCamillo
Grade Level:
5
Genre(s):
Fairy Tale
F&P Guided Reading Level:
U
DRA Level:
50
Reading Recovery Level:
Theme(s):
Adventure, Award Winners
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TEKS
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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