Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources for The Stranger

Use The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg to strengthen your students comprehension skills, build their vocabulary, and help them understand how words work.

After accidentally hitting a man with his truck, Farmer Bailey brings the man back to his home to recuperate. The man has temporarily lost his memory and can't remember who he is. When mysterious activity around the farm seems to originate with the stranger, everybody becomes curious about who he might be. Using The Stranger as an anchor, you can introduce students to the mystery genre while supporting practice in retelling and summarizing, visualizing, asking questions, making inferences, and determining importance and purpose.

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Title: The Stranger
Author: Chris Van Allsburg
Genre: Mystery
Themes: Fall
ISBN: 9780395423318
Publisher's Summary:
The Stranger is a children's book written in 1986 by the American author Chris Van Allsburg. It tells a story of a stranger with no memory of who he is or where he is from. He recuperates in the home of a farmer and his family during the fall season.
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