Hoot Resource Set

Lesson Plans • Resources • Activities


Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Roy is once again the “new kid in school”. He is having a hard time adjusting, mostly due to being picked on by the school bully. On the way to school, he becomes intrigued by a mysterious boy running away from the bus. This chance sighting begins a series of events that includes making new friends, becoming devoted to a cause, and learning important life lessons. With two intertwining plots and a variety of interesting characters, this Newbery Honor Book is an ideal text for a Book Club focused on story elements.

Teach with Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

This Book Club Super Pack includes a Common Core aligned lesson plan and set of resources designed to support small group reading instruction.

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 7 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Story Elements
  • 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
CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • CCSS Alignment: L.6.6 RL.6.1 RL.6.10 RL.6.2 RL.6.3 RL.6.4 RL.6.5 RL.6.6 RL.6.7 RL.6.9 SL.6.1a SL.6.1b SL.6.1c SL.6.1d SL.6.2 SL.6.3 W.6.8 W.6.9
  • Vocabulary: L.6.4a L.6.5 L.6.6
  • Take a Closer Look at the
    Hoot Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for story elements, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to host the Hoot Book Club.

    Book Club Management 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.

    Meeting 1: What is Plot?

    In this first Book Club meeting, students will identify the parts of plot using a plot diagram. This meeting also introduces a graphic organizer for students to use while independently reading Hoot to track important story events and how they impact the main character.

    Meeting 2: Identify and Analyze the Conflict

    Author Carl Hiaasen introduces two main conflicts early in the story. This Book Club meeting will teach students how to identify and analyze those conflicts using a chart to help them keep track of their thinking.

    Meeting 3: Summarize the Events

    When reviewing the critical events of Hoot by Carl Hiaasen, students will learn the importance of looking at a variety of pieces of information. This Book Club meeting explores how to look at important story events.

    Meeting 4: Discover How Perspective Influences Plot

    This Book Club meeting looks at an event through multiple characters' perspectives to better understand the story. Students will use a pivotal event in Hoot to create a detailed plot diagram from different characters' perspectives.

    Meeting 5: Notice How Characters Change Across the Text

    Author Carl Hiaasen uses characters to move the story along. This Book Club meeting focuses on using a graphic organizer to track how characters change as a result of events in the story.

    Meeting 6: Notice How the Plot Impacts Characters

    Looking at how characters respond to the climax event of Hoot by Carl Hiaasen helps students draw conclusions about the story. In this Book Club discussion, students will identify how characters respond the story's climax event.

    Meeting 7: Determine the Resolution

    This final Book Club meeting examines how author Carl Hiaasen brings Hoot to resolution. As a final activity, students are encouraged to creatively represent the five most important story events on a timeline.

    Hoot Focus Assessment and Rubric

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

    Hoot Common Core Assessment

    This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students'overall comprehension of Hoot and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.

    Hoot Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Hoot. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes Book Club Management Resources for use with Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    Hoot Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Hoot, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the Hoot Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.6.4a L.6.5 L.6.6

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