My lesson plans for “Amigo Brothers” by Piri Thomas include the right amount of Common Core standards and fun! Click the link below for our FREE handouts!
Before we read the story, I teach my students a little boxing terminology and even have them mimic a few boxing moves (not on each other LOL, but in the air). Together we complete a vocabulary preview handout, and then I usually read the story out loud as students follow along, stopping along the way to discuss the characters, conflict, and author’s craft.
After reading, I teach my students how to answer a constructive response question by using examples and non-examples. Then, I give students fifteen questions. These questions require them to return to the text, draw conclusions, and analyze various elements of the story, including suspense, conflict, setting, and characters. Many Common Core standards are addressed within these questions. To add the element of fun, I put the students in groups to answer the questions, and play a fun card game with them once they have their answers. They can earn points based on the cards, and of course the group with the highest number of points wins a prize! Click the link below to see the table of contents for the packet I have put together, and download a free handout!