The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
Peggy, Maddie, and Wanda are classmates who come from different worlds. Peggy is privileged, Maddie wears Peggy’s “redesigned” dresses, and Wanda lives with her father and brother on the wrong side of town. This Newberry Honor book uses the interactions of these three characters to spin a classic tale about the importance of treating others with kindness. While the focus of The Hundred Dresses
Book Club is analyzing characters, students will also be exposed to a valuable lesson about how to treat their peers.
Teach with The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
This resource set includes everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction
- Interactive Lesson Plan for 5 Book Club Meetings Focusing on 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
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The Hundred Dresses Resource Set
The instructional overview includes instructional background for characterization, a list of instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to The Hundred Dresses Book Club.
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.
Author Eleanor Estes created three main characters to tell the story of The Hundred Dresses. Teaching your readers how to examine each of the characters' traits, emotions, and motivations, will help them understand the story more fully through personal connection to the characters.
Identifying character traits (how a character looks or behaves) is an ideal way to start learning about characterization. This The Hundred Dresses Book Club focuses on teaching students how to use the text to create an image of each character. Students will use a graphic organizer to help them track their thinking about the main characters.
Another way to explore characterization in The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes is to look at character emotions. Often times, characters have strong feelings in response to a major story event. Identifying these emotional reactions helps your students as readers by allowing them to connect to the character.
The final building block to exploring characterization using Eleanor Estes' The Hundred Dresses is examining character motivations. A character's traits, emotions, and story events can all be motivating factors, or influences, for a character. Readers will need to consider all of these pieces as they practice identifying motivations for each character.
During this final The Hundred Dresses Book Club meeting, students will use their work on characterization to identify ways that the main characters may have changed over the course of the story. Students will showcase their learning with an interactive culminating activity.
Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with characterization.
This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students' overall comprehension of The Hundred Dresses and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.
List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by The Hundred Dresses Book Club Resource Set.
Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The Hundred Dresses. 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.
This set of Spanish student facing resources includes Book Club Management Resources for use with The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.
Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy The Hundred Dresses, it’s helpful to review new vocabulary used in the story. Either download The Hundred Dresses 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.
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