Riding Freedom Resource Set

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Riding Freedom by Pam Muñoz Ryan

This fictionalized story of the real life of Charlotte Parkhurst follows Charlotte from a young orphan to a landowner in the 1800s. Charlotte is unlike many girls of her time; happier in the stable than in the kitchen, has aspirations of working as a stagecoach driver, and a desire to own her own horse farm one day. Her determination, bravery, and toughness are traits that will not only have readers rooting for her, but are a great springboard for a Book Club focused on determining character traits and how they contribute to a story.

Teach with Riding Freedom by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using Riding Freedom by Pam Muñoz Ryan

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 5 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Identifying Character Traits
  • 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.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.5 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 RL.3.9 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Vocabulary: L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
  • Instructional Overview: 3.10A 3.10C 3.10E 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6D 3.6E 3.6F 3.6G 3.6H 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.8A 3.8B 3.8C 3.8D 3.9C
  • Vocabulary: 3.3A 3.3B 3.7E 3.7F
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    Riding Freedom Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for character traits, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to host the Riding Freedom Book Club.
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.10A 3.10C 3.10E 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6D 3.6E 3.6F 3.6G 3.6H 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.8A 3.8B 3.8C 3.8D 3.9C

    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 Character Traits

    As students begin to identify character traits for Charlotte, the main character in Pam Muñoz Ryan's Riding Freedom, it will be helpful to understand the time period in history that this story takes place in. The importance of Charlotte's determination, bravery, and grit becomes more apparent when students understand how unusual it was for girls to display these traits.

    Meeting #2: Identifying Character Traits - Explicit and Inferred

    This Riding Freedom Book Club meeting explores identifying character traits that are explicitly stated as well as those that are inferred from the text. The use of a thinking map for character traits will help readers organize their thinking.

    Meeting #3: Distinguishing and Describing Major and Minor Characters

    As readers dive deeper into understanding the characters in Riding Freedom by Pam Muñoz Ryan, they will be able to differentiate major and minor characters and identify the important role that each type of character plays in the story.

    Meeting #4: Determining How Character Traits Impact the Story

    The focus of this Book Club meeting is for readers to use the character traits that they have identified for the major and minor characters in Riding Freedom to determine how the different characters impact the story. An interactive activity of "What If..." will bring this concept to life for students.

    Meeting #5: Understanding the Role of Character Traits in Identifying Theme and Author’s Message

    The final Book Club meeting for Pam Muñoz Ryan's Riding Freedom encourages readers to reflect on how determining character traits helped them as they read and exploring the role character traits have in identifying the theme of the story.

    Riding Freedom Focus Assessment and Rubric

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

    Riding Freedom Common Core Assessment

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

    Riding Freedom Running Record

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

    Riding Freedom Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Riding Freedom, it’s helpful to review new vocabulary used in the story. Either download Riding Freedom 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.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.3A 3.3B 3.7E 3.7F

    Riding Freedom Common Core Alignment

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

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the Riding Freedom Resource Set.

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