The Stranger Resource Set

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The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg

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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  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plans and Activities for Diphthongs
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
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The Stranger Lesson Plans, Resources, and Activities
Common Core Alignment
  • Asking Questions: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Determining Importance: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 RL.3.5 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Making Inferences: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.4 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.4 RL.3.5 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Visualizing: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Word Work: RF.3.3 RF.3.4
  • Vocabulary: L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
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    The Stranger Resource Set

    Asking Questions with The Stranger

    The stranger in this story is suffering from a case of amnesia and is unable to remember who he is. This naturally encourages the reader to ask questions to discover the man’s identity, and in the case of this mystery, whether he can be to blame for the odd activity going on around the farm.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Determining Importance with The Stranger

    If you’re looking for a good resource for supporting readers who need additional practice determining importance, The Stranger is an excellent choice. Students will have to sort through the details of this text to remain focused on the biggest issue--who is the stranger?
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 RL.3.5 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Identifying the Author’s Purpose with The Stranger

    Using this book and lesson plan, developing readers will practice identifying evidence from the text to support the ultimate purpose the author has for writing this story. This will help them see how their understanding of the author’s message can affect their full understanding of a text.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Making Inferences with The Stranger

    The mystery format of The Stranger lends itself well to a lesson on making inferences. Readers will need to tune in to the clues in the text to infer the identity of the man and to draw out the full meaning of this story.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.4 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Retelling and Summarizing with The Stranger

    Readers will enjoy engaging with the mysterious story of The Stranger. With a clear beginning, middle and end, students will practice accurately summarizing the main events in sequential order.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.4 RL.3.5 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Visualizing with The Stranger

    This book and lesson plan are helpful resources for readers who need additional practice visualizing to fully comprehend text. In this lesson, students will practice identifying the descriptive words used by the author that aid their mental imagery.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    The Stranger Extension Activity

    The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.

    The Stranger Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The Stranger. 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 comprehension strategy practice pages, reader's notebook prompts (complete with Spanish Common Core "I Can" statements), and extension activities for use with The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    The Stranger Word Work - Diphthongs

    The Stranger offers students the opportunity to name and notice diphthongs within the context of the book. Either download the The Stranger Super Pack or this individual Word Work lesson plan and activity package to access lesson plans, interactive games, and fun worksheets that directly tie word study to your classroom reading.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.3.3 RF.3.4

    The Stranger Vocabulary Connections

    Are your students familiar with new vocabulary used in The Stranger? Download this Vocabulary Builder 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.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6

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