The Tale of Despereaux Book Club Focused on Text Structure

The Tale of Despereaux Book Club Focused on Text Structure

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 resource
  • 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
  • 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 resource
  • 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
  • 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 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 story structure, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to The Tale of Despereaux Book Club.

Using The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, readers will explore story structure. When stories are written using a nonlinear timeline, the reader is able to find out the outcome before knowing what caused it.

This The Tale of Despereaux Book Club meeting focuses on identifying the characteristics of both linear and nonlinear timelines. Linear timelines have events happening in chronological order, while in nonlinear timelines, events happen out of order.

Author Kate DiCamillo uses flashbacks in The Tale of Despereaux to help readers understand the relationship between events and their consequences. Students will track events and consequences while reading for a better understanding of the story.

Another reason that author Kate DiCamillo uses flashbacks in The Tale of Despereaux is to build suspense for the reader. Students will discuss this and other reasons why the author may have chosen to write this story the way she did.

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo follows a nonlinear timeline. During this meeting students will explore the use of flash forwards as a way for the author to provide more information about characters and events.

This final The Tale of Despereaux Book Club meeting explores author Kate DiCamillo's use of her own voice throughout the story. The author speaks the the reader during the story to clarify timeframes and provide support of the book's theme.

Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with linear vs. nonlinear story structure.
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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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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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