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Crenshaw by Katherine ApplegateJackson’s family is no stranger to hard times and the return of his imaginary friend, Crenshaw, signals that hard times may have found them once again. Crenshaw first appeared when Jackson was young and his family started living in their van. The sharply dressed, surfboard riding cat helps Jackson when he needs it most, but Jackson feels that he is now too old for an imaginary friend. This touching story about family, friendship, and perseverance is ideal for a Book Club focused on theme and how it is developed over the course of the text.
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- Interactive Lesson Plan for 6 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Determining Theme
- Chapter by Chapter Discussion Guide
- Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Guide
- Book Club Calendar
- Conversation Prompts
- Expectations for Book Club Anchor Chart / Student Reference Sheet
- Student Self-Evaluation Forms
- Running Record Assessment Tool
- Student Reading Response Guide
- Comprehension Assessment Rubric
- Common Core State Standard Assessment
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Crenshaw Resource Set
4.10A 4.10B 4.10E 4.1A 4.1C 4.6A 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
Book Club Management Resources
Meeting #1: Introduce Theme
Meeting #2: Identifying Main Ideas and Supporting Details
Meeting #3: Recognizing How Characters Support Theme
Meeting #4: Discovering the Relationship between Plot and Theme Development
Meeting #5: Connecting Main Ideas and Supporting Details to Determining Theme
Meeting #6: Determining a Theme that the Author Conveyed Throughout the Story
Crenshaw Focus Assessment and Rubric
Crenshaw Common Core Assessment
Crenshaw Running Record
Student Resources in Spanish
Crenshaw Vocabulary Connections
Common Core Alignment:
L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
4.3A 4.3B 4.7E 4.7F
Crenshaw Common Core Alignment
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