Thank You, Mr. Falker: Guide to the Works of Patricia Polacco

Welcome to the Patricia Polacco Read-Aloud curriculum lesson plans. Patricia Polacco’s stories and illustrations explore a variety of themes. She distinguishes her texts for children by tackling difficult topics, such as childhood illness, learning difficulties, and family and ethical challenges that relate to school-age children. Patricia Polacco’s writing also highlights historical events and cultural traditions. Her books are often either biographical or autobiographical in content. The lesson plans have been developed to support you and your colleagues using these books as a read-aloud of a thematic unit of study or as a single read-aloud text. The lessons are aligned with Common Core State Standards for grades K–5.

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Literacy Standards
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.