Poppy Resource Set

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Poppy by Avi

Poppy, a brave, smart, and curious field mouse, challenges the great horned owl, Mr. Ocax, as she tries to save her family by finding them a new home. Avi’s Poppy is an excellent novel to use with readers learning to examine how a story’s theme is developed through the characters’ actions and dialogue and supported by the story elements. Avi demonstrates the powerful roles of fear and courage in our lives using the adventurous underdog, Poppy.

Teach with Poppy by Avi

This resource set includes everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 6 Book Club Meetings Focusing on 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
CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • CCSS Alignment: L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 RL.4.5 RL.4.6 RL.4.7 RL.4.9 SL.4.1a SL.4.1b SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 SL.4.3 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Vocabulary: L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
  • TEKS Alignment: 4.10A 4.10B 4.10C 4.10D 4.10E 4.10F 4.10G 4.13A 4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.1D 4.6A 4.6B 4.6C 4.6D 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 4.8D 4.9A 4.9B 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii) 4.9E(i) 4.9E(ii) 4.9E(iii) 4.9F
  • Vocabulary: 4.3A 4.3B 4.7E 4.7F
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    Poppy Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for determining theme, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to the Poppy 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: Introduce Theme

    The theme of a story lets the author share an important idea with the reader. Using Poppy, students will explore how author, Avi, develops the theme of fear and courage throughout the text.

    Meeting #2: Summarizing the Text

    Being able to summarize the most important details of the text is an important step towards determining a story's theme. This Poppy Book Club meeting focuses on teaching the students to write a successful summary of the text as they read.

    Meeting #3: Tracking Examples of Fear and Courage in the Text

    Using an already identified theme of fear and courage, readers will examine Poppy by Avi to look for evidence in the text of how the theme is developed.

    Meeting #4: How do the Characters Develop the Theme

    Discussion for this Poppy Book Club meeting centers on examining character actions and dialogue for evidence of how the theme of fear and courage is developed by author, Avi.

    Meeting #5: How do the Other Story Elements Support/Develop the Theme

    Authors often use story elements to express their theme to readers. Poppy provides an example of how author, Avi, uses the story's setting to support the theme of fear and courage.

    Meeting #6: How is the Theme Conveyed Throughout the Story

    During this final Poppy Book Club meeting, students are asked to create a visual representation that showcases their learning related to determining theme. Students are also encouraged to reflect on their participation in the Book Club as a whole.

    Poppy Focus Assessment and Rubric

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

    Poppy Common Core Assessment

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

    Poppy Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Poppy. 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 Poppy by Avi. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    Poppy Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Poppy, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the Poppy 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.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    4.3A 4.3B 4.7E 4.7F

    Poppy Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by the Poppy Book Club Resource Set.

    Poppy TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the Poppy Resource Set.
    TEKS Alignment:

    4.10A 4.10B 4.10C 4.10D 4.10E 4.10F 4.10G 4.13A 4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.1D 4.6A 4.6B 4.6C 4.6D 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 4.8D 4.9A 4.9B 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii) 4.9E(i) 4.9E(ii) 4.9E(iii) 4.9F

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