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Creative Problem-Solving with Ezra Jack Keats

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Creative Problem-Solving with Ezra Jack Keats

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Eight 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Vanessa Udry

Tolono, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






A Letter to Amy, The Trip, Pet Show, The Goggles, and Jennie's Hat, all by Ezra Jack Keats

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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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  • Gather the Ezra Jack Keats titles listed (A Letter to Amy, The Trip, Pet Show, The Goggles, and Jennie's Hat) and a variety of Keats' other books; obtain the movie The Snowy Day and More Ezra Jack Keats Stories.

  • Create the Problem and Solution Bulletin Board in your classroom. Write problems on paper and attach envelopes below each problem labeled "solutions." Attach another envelope with blank paper that students may fill out and put in each solution envelope. Problems you write might include an argument with a friend, having trouble with schoolwork, and other problems with which students can easily identify. See the Bulletin Board Diagram for a sample layout.

  • Review this list of Read-Aloud Do's and Don'ts for pointers before starting the unit.

  • Print out enough copies of the Problem and Solution Organizer and Problem Solution handout for your students.

  • Gather construction paper, crayons, markers, and colored pencils, chart paper, and writing paper.

  • Test the Story Mapping interactive on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool 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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