Smile Resource Set

Lesson Plans • Resources • Activities


Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Raina Telgemeier’s graphic novel is a memoir based on her own childhood. Through the use of a comic book format, the author tells the story of her journey through middle school; one that was made much more difficult by a freak injury. Raina learns a lot about herself and the important difference between friends that have your back, and ones that stab you in the back. This Book Club focuses on evaluating the impact of visual elements by learning to “read” illustrations for details about the story, tone and mood, and perspective.

Teach with Smile by Raina Telgemeier

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

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 5 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Evaluating the Impact of Visual Elements in Graphic Novels
  • 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.5.6 RF.5.3 RF.5.4 RL.5.1 RL.5.10 RL.5.2 RL.5.3 RL.5.4 RL.5.5 RL.5.6 RL.5.7 RL.5.9 SL.5.1a SL.5.1b SL.5.1c SL.5.1d SL.5.2 SL.5.3 W.5.8 W.5.9
  • Instructional Overview: 5.10C 5.13A 5.13C 5.13E 5.13H 5.1A 5.1C 5.1D 5.6A 5.6B 5.6C 5.6D 5.6E 5.6F 5.6G 5.6H 5.6I 5.7A 5.7B 5.7C 5.7D 5.7E 5.7F 5.7G 5.9F
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    Smile Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for evaluating the impact of visual elements, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to the Smile Book Club.
    TEKS Alignment:

    5.10C 5.13A 5.13C 5.13E 5.13H 5.1A 5.1C 5.1D 5.6A 5.6B 5.6C 5.6D 5.6E 5.6F 5.6G 5.6H 5.6I 5.7A 5.7B 5.7C 5.7D 5.7E 5.7F 5.7G 5.9F

    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: Introduction to Graphic Novels

    Smile by Raina Telgemeier is an entertaining example of a graphic novel; making it perfect choice for a Book Club focusing on evaluating the impact of visual elements. Some readers may not have experience with graphic novels, so this first meeting compares and contrasts graphic and traditional novels.

    Meeting #2: Understanding the Story Using Visual Elements

    Smile by Raina Telgemeier relies heavily on visual elements, rather than words, to "tell" the story. Readers must practice looking for details in each frame in order to understand what the author is trying to communicate. This Book Club meeting explores what can be learned by attending to the font style, facial expressions, and background details when reading a graphic novel.

    Meeting #3: Identifying Tone and Mood Using Visual Elements

    What a reader feels when reading a story (mood) and how the author expresses his/her feelings (tone) both impact a reader's ability to deeply comprehend the text. In a graphic novel, such as Raina Telgemeier's Smile, the illustrations do the work of creating the mood and setting the tone. Dive deeper into how the author accomplishes this in this third Book Club meeting.

    Meeting #4: Influencing Perspective Using Visual Elements

    In Smile, author Raina Telgemeier tells the story from the main character's perspective. When students compare what they know about a scene in the story when only listening to the words, to what they learn when they view the illustrations and the words, they see the important impact the visual elements have on influencing the perspective of the story.

    Meeting #5: Reviewing the Impact of Visual Elements

    During this final Smile Book Club meeting, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the impact of visual elements in graphic novels by creating their own, four-frame panel of a scene from an important event in their lives. This culminating activity encourages students to apply everything that they learned throughout their participation in this Book Club.

    Smile Focus Assessment and Rubric

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

    Smile Common Core Assessment

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

    Smile Running Record

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

    Smile Common Core Alignment

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

    TEKS Alignment

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

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