Sideways Stories from Wayside School Resource Set

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Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Sideways Stories from Wayside School is a wacky collection of stories about a class of students at an extraordinary school. While readers will be able to relate to some of the personality characteristics of the students, the events of the story are unlike anything they have experienced in real life. This Book Club resource encourages students to use the story’s unusual details to ask and answer questions and make logical inferences to increase comprehension.

Teach with Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

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

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 6 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Asking and Answering Questions
  • 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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Common Core Alignment
  • Main Pack: 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
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    Sideways Stories from Wayside School Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for asking and answering questions, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to the Sideways Stories from Wayside School 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 Understanding a Story by Asking Questions

    When students ask questions before, during, and after reading, it helps them understand the text better. Using Louis Sachar's, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, students can practice fine tuning their asking and answering questions skills while enjoying the outlandish story.

    Meeting #2: Asking Important Questions (Thin vs. Thick)

    This Sideways Stories from Wayside School Book Club meeting focuses on learning about two types of questions; thin and thick. Readers will learn to easily differentiate the two types of questions by identifying the role that each type plays in understanding the text.

    Meeting #3: Finding Answers to Your Questions

    With so many crazy turns in the text, students will have many opportunities to find answers to their thin questions using Louis Sachar's Sideways Stories from Wayside School. A graphic organizer is introduced to assist students with keeping track of their thinking.

    Meeting #4: Supporting Your Answers with the Text

    In order for students to answer thick questions about Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar, they will have to dig deeper into text and analyze the story. Students will continue their use of a graphic organizer and citing the text as they ask and answer questions.

    Meeting #5: Making Logical Inferences to Answer Questions

    When answering thick questions, students may need to use the text and their prior knowledge to make logical inferences. This Sideways Stories from Wayside School Book Club meeting guides readers through the process of making inferences to answer questions while reading.

    Meeting #6: Asking and Answering Questions

    This final Book Club meeting for Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar provides students the opportunity to use their favorite character to practice the asking and answering questions skills they have gained through participation in this Book Club.

    Sideways Stories from Wayside School Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with asking and answering questions.

    Sideways Stories from Wayside School Common Core Assessment

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

    Sideways Stories from Wayside School Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by the Sideways Stories from Wayside School Book Club Resource Set.

    Sideways Stories from Wayside School Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Sideways Stories from Wayside School. 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 Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    Sideways Stories from Wayside School Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Sideways Stories from Wayside School, it’s helpful to review new vocabulary used in the story. Either download the Sideways Stories from Wayside School 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

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