Sarah, Plain and Tall Book Club Resource Set

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Sarah, Plain and Tall Book Club by Patricia MacLachlan

This classic story of Sarah, Plain and Tall is the perfect choice for students who are beginning to read chapter books. The story of family, friendship, loss, and love is one that will hold students’ interest, making it easy to track characters across a longer text.

Teach with Sarah, Plain and Tall Book Club by Patricia MacLachlan

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 5 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Tracking Characters
  • 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
Sarah Plain and Tall Lesson Plans, Resources, and Activities
Common Core Alignment
  • Main Pack: 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
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    Sarah, Plain and Tall Book Club Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for tracking characters, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to Sarah, Plain and Tall 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 Character Tracking

    Being able to keep track of characters is essential for deep comprehension of the text. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan provides a strong backdrop for practice exploring characters across longer texts.

    Meeting #2: Keeping Track of Characters and Inferring Character Traits

    One of the ways that readers learn more about characters is to make inferences using clues from the text. This Sarah, Plain and Tall Book Club focuses on using the text to make logical inferences.

    Meeting #3: Tracking Primary vs. Secondary Characters

    Author Patricia MacLachlan includes both primary and secondary characters in Sarah, Plain and Tall. Through discussion, readers will learn how to differentiate primary and secondary characters.

    Meeting #4: Keeping Track of New Characters

    Sometimes characters that impact the storyline are not introduced right away. This Sarah, Plain and Tall Book Club explores the reasons why some characters might be introduced later in the text.

    Meeting #5: Keeping Track of Characters Across Longer Texts

    This final Sarah, Plain and Tall Book Club meeting focuses on exploring the importance of tracking characters across a longer text. Students will be challenged to provide a description of a character when he/she is named.

    Sarah, Plain and Tall Focus Assessment and Rubric

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

    Sarah, Plain and Tall Common Core Assessment

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

    Sarah, Plain and Tall Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Sarah, Plain and Tall. 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 Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    Sarah Plain and Tall Vocabulary Connections

    Are your students familiar with the new vocabulary used in Sarah Plain and Tall? Download this Vocabulary Connections for fun resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth. If you download this book’s Super Pack, these resources are all included.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6

    Sarah, Plain and Tall Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by Sarah, Plain and Tall Book Club Resource Set.

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