Guided Reading Lesson

The Wonderful Alexander…and the Catwings by Ursula K. Le Guin
Vocab/ Tier Stout

SWBAT identify and
examine the importance
of minor problems and
solutions that occur in
episodes of the text.

Today we are going to
Introduction focus on minor problems
and solutions as we study
Chapter 3 together. A
minor problem is a small
problem that usually
appears in the same
chapter as it’s solution.
Let’s turn to Chapter 3 on
page 27 now. In this
chapter, Jane has arrived
back at her home (the barn
at Overhill farm) and she
has brought Alexander
with her. We know that
Alexander meets all of the
Catwings and it isn’t until

SWBAT trace characters
across multiple episodes
and elaborate on own
understanding as the
story progresses.
Today we are going to
think about our character
Alexander as we finish
the last chapter of this
book together, Chapter 4.
Yesterday we focused on
minor problems and
solutions. Alexander has a
small problem in the
beginning of chapter 4.
Who can read to find
out what it is? (Turn
and talk) He’s been
wondering why Jane can’t
talk and he talked to
Thelma about it. (Turn
back to page 29). He


SWBAT trace
SWBAT explain the
characters across
overall meaning of a
multiple episodes and
book by discussing how
elaborate on own
the characters treat
understanding as the
each other in multiple
story progresses.
episodes of the book.
Today we are going to
Today we are going to
look back over Chapters
investigate the overall
1-4 and think about how
meaning of this book.
Alexander has changed
We are going to think
through this book.
about a few questions:
Remember, good readers 1) What lesson did
go back and re-read
Alexander learn from
when they don’t
the beginning of the
understand something, so book to the end of the
we are going to stop at
different points to re2) Why did Jane help
read to make sure that
Alexander when he was
we really understand
scared and lost?
3) Why did Alexander
We are going to make a
want to do something
timeline on our
wonderful for Jane?
whiteboards so that we
When we discuss these

we will be able to come up with the overall meaning together. I know this is a problem for Alexander because he left home when he decided to do wonderful things. “my mother will be worried about me” on the bottom of page 31.” I am looking on this page for the solution and I think I’ve started to find it when I read that out of the little decides to help Jane and we can learn a lot about Alexander from the way he helps Jane. “he did still think about his mother and father and sisters.) They were right that Alexander is not afraid of anything! “He liked to think of himself as wonderful.” This is a college word (from Charlotte’s Web!) that means he is stuckup or too proud. “What wonderful thing could he possibly do for Jane?” We know that Alexander has kindness for others in his heart. Let’s turn back to page 8. when Alexander goes off exploring. First. different answers by looking back in the text. can keep track of the different events and character traits of Alexander. but I know that his mother cared a lot about him. One thing that we know about Alexander is that he has begun to think of others more than just about himself. When he first left his home with the Furby family.” Put on the timeline. Let’s read pages 41 to 47 while we collect more information about what kind of character Alexander is. Who else does he think about? Page 35. “Alexander was sure they were right. Alexander realized that he shouldn’t always think about just himself. The first small problem that we find is that Alexander tells Thelma. things begin to 2) Why did Jane help change. (Lead students through each question) 1) What lesson did Alexander learn from the beginning of the book to the end of the book? We’ve talked a lot about how Alexander changed from the beginning to the end. (Turn back to page 6 and look at a picture of the family. (Remind students about how to use a timeline).his family Pge 39-40. let’s turn back to Chapter 1. But on page 40 he asks.this time when he learns Jane’s name because Jane didn’t tell him before.Jane But then.” (Right about what? Let’s reread to find out. At the end of Alexander when he was . In Chapter 1. We know the problem is still there when Alexander says. Alexander is “pompous.) Thelma tells Alexander that they’ve talked about it and it seems like Thelma is working on a solution. he was thinking himself.

Alexander has become confident again. stepped the Owner! Think aloud.The Owner arrives at the problem. 37). that Jane was saved by Harriet and Roger.Discussion/ Questions red car.Alexander is caring (about Jane) Pg.He is comforting. 29. What’s the solution? (pg. (Not because he’s not afraid. but because he helped someone.) scared and lost? We remember when we read our last book. Alexander curled himself around her Chapter 1. The next small problem is that Susan and Hank’s mother doesn’t want to lose Alexander. When she shiver. What’s the solution that the Owner gives to Susan and Hank’s mother? Another part of the problem is that Alexander misses his mother. “I’m going to stand on your tail until you talk to me!” . you should do something kind for someone else to return the favor. confident. how will we ever know what it is?” --He is confident /determined because he won’t give up. . in a real and genuine way. There’s one more minor problem and solution in this chapter. and comforting. 24. Let’s read silently until we come up with a solution for her problem. He tells her . Can you find other places where Alexander has changed? Pg. (Generate ideas and put on timeline).48.Alexander is wonderful. 43. Pg. Alexander is no longer pompous and unafraid of anything. Jane. Pg.Why is Alexander feeling worried and lost? Pg. Can you find it? (Susan and Hank’s mother wants a cat but can’t have one of the Catwings…page 34) What do we know about Alexander from what he does for Jane? Possible responses: --He is thoughtful because he uses what he learned from Thelma to talk to her.Alexander is thoughtful. Catwings Return. 28.40) I think the overall message of this book is ________________ because___________ *when someone does something kind for you. Jane wanted to save Alexander because someone had once saved her. 3) Why did Alexander want to do something wonderful for Jane? (page 39. Let’s read pages 16 and 17 to find out how Alexander has changed. “If you don’t talk.

Tell all of the most important events. Thanks! –Mrs.Name_________________________________Date_________________________ *Note: It’s very important that you put your name and date on EVERY page so I can keep track of your progress each day. 1. Toeller READING GUIDE: INDEPENDENT WORK Title of Book _______________________________________________________ Author____________________________________________________________ Re-read Chapter 1: pages 7 to 17. ___________________________3. While you are reading. Then find the definition using your dictionary. Retell Chapter 1. __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ . list 5 words in Chapter 1 that you don’t know. ___________________________4. ___________________________2. Let’s pretend I’ve never read it and you’re going to tell me everything that happened. 1. ___________________________2. ___________________________5.

__________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ R Re-read Chapter 2: pages 19 to 27. ___________________________4. ___________________________2. ___________________________5. list 5 words in Chapter 2 that you don’t know. ___________________________2. While you are reading. Let’s pretend I’ve never read it and you’re going to tell me everything that happened. Tell all of the most important events.Name_________________________________Date_________________________ 3. __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ . ___________________________3. 1. Then find the definition using your dictionary. Retell Chapter 2. How does Alexander change from the beginning of the chapter to the end of the chapter? Support your answer with 2 quotes (evidence) from the text. 1.

___________________________4. pages 27 to 37.Name_________________________________Date_________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ 3. ___________________________3. __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ Re-read Chapter 3. ___________________________2. ___________________________5. While you are reading. Then find the definition using your dictionary. ___________________________- . 1. list 5 words in Chapter 3 that you don’t know. 1. Why do you think Alexander asks the black kitten. “Can’t you talk?” Support your answer with 2 quotes (evidence) from the text.

Hank and Susan’s mother told the Owner. Alexander asks Thelma about Jane because he thinks it’s sad that Jane had not been able to tell him her own name. and Hate! ? __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ 3. What does Thelma say to explain to Alexander why Jane only says the words Me.Name_________________________________Date_________________________ 2.” But. but he is your kitten. Does Alexander ever get to see his mother and father again? How do you know? __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ . Why was Alexander happy when a red car came to the farmhouse? __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ 4. “I have become very fond of him. then the Owner surprised her! Why did the Owner tell Hank and Susan’s mother and father that he would be truly grateful if she would keep Alexander? __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ 5.

___________________________5. ___________________________- 2. list 5 words in Chapter 4 that you don’t know. 1.Name_________________________________Date_________________________ Re-read Chapter 4. 1. ___________________________4. ___________________________3. Explain what happened to Jane that made her not be able to talk. pages 39 to 48. __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ . Then find the definition using your dictionary. What is Alexander’s problem at the beginning of Chapter 4? __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ 3. ___________________________2. While you are reading.

Why do Roger and Jane tell Alexander that he is wonderful at the end of the book? __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ GREAT JOB! YOU WORKED REALLY HARD TO RE-READ THE TEXT AND WRITE STRONG ANSWERS THAT REQUIRED WORKING YOUR BRAIN! You may now celebrate by reading a book of your choice! Have fun! . How does Alexander do something wonderful for Jane? What does he help her to do? Support your answer with evidence from the text.Name_________________________________Date_________________________ 4. __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ 4.

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