- Grade Level: 5
- Guided Reading Level: U
- Genre: Fantasy
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Beloved author Kate DiCamillo’s The Tale of Despereaux, being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread, is the story of an unlikely hero. Born undersized and with exceptionally large ears, Despereaux is nevertheless destined to be heroic. He is honest and true, and through his experiences, young readers will learn the importance of storytelling. The text structure introduces the characters out of sequence, and readers will learn to construct meaning by piecing together the facts and events that bring the characters together. This is the perfect story for mini lessons focused on non-linear text structure.
Teach with The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Get everything you need to run a successful Book Club using The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo:
- Interactive Lesson Plan for 6 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Linear vs. Nonlinear Plots
- 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 Tale of Despereaux Resource Set
The instructional overview includes instructional background for story structure, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to the The Tale of Despereaux 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.
Using The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, readers will explore story structure. When stories are written using a nonlinear timeline, the reader is able to find out the outcome before knowing what caused it.
This The Tale of Despereaux Book Club meeting focuses on identifying the characteristics of both linear and nonlinear timelines. Linear timelines have events happening in chronological order, while in nonlinear timelines, events happen out of order.
Author Kate DiCamillo uses flashbacks in The Tale of Despereaux to help readers understand the relationship between events and their consequences. Students will track events and consequences while reading for a better understanding of the story.
Another reason that author Kate DiCamillo uses flashbacks in The Tale of Despereaux is to build suspense for the reader. Students will discuss this and other reasons why the author may have chosen to write this story the way she did.
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo follows a nonlinear timeline. During this meeting students will explore the use of flash forwards as a way for the author to provide more information about characters and events.
This final The Tale of Despereaux Book Club meeting explores author Kate DiCamillo's use of her own voice throughout the story. The author speaks the the reader during the story to clarify timeframes and provide support of the book's theme.
Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with linear vs. nonlinear story structure.
This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students' overall comprehension of The Tale of Despereaux and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.
List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by The Tale of Despereaux Book Club Resource Set.
Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The Tale of Despereaux. 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 Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. 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 Tale of Despereaux, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the The Tale of Despereaux 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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