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Back to School with Kevin Henkes Author Study

Hollie Griffith
Grade Levels
1st - 3rd
Formats Included
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93 pages
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Young readers must be taught to apply skills and strategies to help them comprehend, make meaning, and draw conclusions. This author study is designed to introduce the importance of “making meaning” while reading. Throughout this unit students will begin to ask the question, “What do good readers do?” as they apply imperative reading skills to aid in making meaning from the text. Each story includes a lesson plan, focus skill/strategy worksheets, comprehension questions, activities, and a craft.

Included books and focus skills:

Chrysanthemum (staying focused)

Wemberly Worried (making connections)

Sheila Rae the Brave (visual images)

Chester’s Way (character traits/analysis)

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse (making inferences)

Owen (beginning, middle, end)

Included in this author study:

Mini-Lesson – Reading is MAKING MEANING

Chrysanthemum – Focus Strategy: Good readers stay IN THE ZONE!

  • Mini-Lesson – IN THE ZONE
  • Point of View Flap Book
  • Syllable FoldOver Book
  • My Name is Absolutely Perfect Worksheet
  • How Many Special Ways Can You Write Your Name Worksheet
  • Identifying Words that Suggest Feelings
  • Venn Diagram
  • Comprehension Questions
  • Chrysanthemum Craft and Writing

Wemberly Worried – Focus Strategy: Good readers MAKE CONNECTIONS!

  • Mini–Lesson – Making Connections
  • Making Connections Worksheets
  • Venn Diagram
  • Comprehension Questions
  • WemberlyCraft and Writing

Sheila Rae the Brave – Focus Strategy: Good readers create mental images.

  • Mini-Lesson – Visual Images
  • Create Mental Images
  • Venn Diagram
  • Comprehension Questions
  • Sheila Rae Craft and Writin

Chester’s Way – Focus Skill: Determine Character Traits

  • Mini-Lesson - Characters
  • Character Traits
  • Character Comparison
  • Comprehension Questions
  • Pea Pod Character Trait Craft

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse – Focus Strategy: Good readers infer!

  • Mini-Lesson - Inferring
  • What’s in my teacher’s bag?
  • I can Infer
  • Comprehension Questions
  • Sequencing Group Activity
  • Craft and Story Map

Owen – Focus Skill: Beginning, Middle, End

  • BME Group Puzzles
  • Sentence Building Activity
  • Comprehension Questions

Cumulative Activity - Character Portraits

Total Pages
93 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.


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