The Tale of Despereaux Resource Set

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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.

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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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  • CCSS Alignment: L.5.4a L.5.5 L.5.5c L.5.6 RF.5.3 RF.5.4 RL.5.10 RL.5.2 RL.5.3 RL.5.4 RL.5.5 RL.5.6 RL.5.7 SL.5.1a SL.5.1b SL.5.1c SL.5.1d SL.5.2 SL.5.3 SL.5.6 W.5.8 W.5.9
  • Vocabulary: L.5.4a L.5.5 L.5.6
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    The Tale of Despereaux Vocabulary Connections

    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 One and Only Ivan 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.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.5.4a L.5.5 L.5.6

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