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Alter Egos and More with Avi's "Who Was That Masked Man, Anyway?"

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Alter Egos and More with Avi's "Who Was That Masked Man, Anyway?"

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






"Who Was That Masked Man, Anyway?" by Avi

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Plot Diagram

Grades   1 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Plot Diagram

The Plot Diagram is an organizational tool focusing on a pyramid or triangular shape, which is used to map the events in a story. This mapping of plot structure allows readers and writers to visualize the key features of stories.


Story Map

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.


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Short Story Prewriting handout (optional)

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  • Avi's novel "Who Was That Masked Man, Anyway?" (NY: Orchard Books, 1992) is written entirely in dialogue, with actual old-time radio scripts interspersed throughout the text. The book is organized as episodes, rather than chapters. To make the novel more understandable and interesting, read it aloud to the class so that they comprehend the different voices and characters involved. Note that the dialogue is not attributed to the characters in the story, so it will take some practice in differentiating the characters before reading the book aloud for your class.

  • Check the Online Radio Research Tool so that you are familiar with the Websites that students will examine in this lesson.

  • If computer access is limited for Session Three, print out copies of the Early Radio Pictures Web page as well as the radio images that are linked from the page.

  • Test the Plot Diagram Tool and Story Map on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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