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A Journal for Corduroy: Responding to Literature

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A Journal for Corduroy: Responding to Literature

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time Five 45-minute sessions; follow-up activities 5 to 10 minutes per day
Lesson Author

Marilyn Cook

Port Aransas, Texas


International Literacy Association


Student Objectives

Instruction & Activities


Student Assessment/Reflections



Students will

  • Listen to a story and respond orally and in writing

  • Develop an adventure story using the Corduroy character

  • Review other books by the same author and discuss them in class

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Instruction & Activities

  1. Begin by reading A Pocket for Corduroy. While reading, ask questions such as:
  2. What do you think will happen next?

    Why did the little girl look for Corduroy?

    Who was Corduroy?

    How did the little girl feel?

    How would you feel?

    Would you do the same thing? Why?

    After reading and discussing the story together, distribute the Corduroy Favorites handout and model how the sentences can be completed. Ask students to complete the handout. Then invite students to share the parts they liked in the story, the reasons why they liked those parts, and their drawings.

  3. Reread the story the next day and distribute the Corduroy Characters handout for modeling new questions and answers.

  4. For the next three days read a different Corduroy book and discuss it in class. The same handouts can be used for each book. To further engage students, you may ask them which Corduroy story they would like you to read on each day.

  5. Tell students that they will each be taking Corduroy home for one night. You will be the first one to take Corduroy home and write an adventure story. The next day, share your story and drawing with the class as a model.

  6. Establish a schedule for each child to take the bear home with a folder of writing paper. The folder should also contain a letter explaining the project to parents. A sample letter is provided:

    Dear Parent,

    During the day Corduroy lives in our classroom. Each night he travels home with a different student for a new adventure. On the piece of paper provided, please help your child write a two- to three-sentence adventure story about Corduroy's stay at your home. Your child can also draw a picture to illustrate the story.

    Please have Corduroy and his adventure return to class tomorrow. After your child shares his or her adventure and drawing with the class, we will work together on creating a class book including all of Corduroy's adventures. Thank you and have fun with Corduroy and your child!

  7. Begin each day by having the child tell or read his or her story about Corduroy's adventure. During this activity, have students sit in a circle. This will minimize any anxiety over speaking in front of the class. After the child shares his or her story, ask questions such as:

    What would you do if you were Corduroy?

    What did Corduroy think?

    Model how dialogue can be used in the story to enable Corduroy to speak and interact.

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  • E-mail other classes also participating in this activity and ask about what Corduroy is doing in their class.

  • Enlist the help of older students to work with younger students who may need help in reflecting and writing.

  • Make a class book of students' adventures with Corduroy. Use a word processor to type each story and then donate the book to the school library.

  • Use the lesson Word Wizards: Students Making Words and the interactive Word Wizard to engage students in a hands-on word study activity related to the story of Corduroy.

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  • Review student journals

  • Evaluate students' contributions to the classroom book

  • Observe while students discuss the stories they have written

  • Use a rubric or ask students to assess their own accomplishments during the lesson by answering "yes" or "no" to the following statements:

1. I drew a picture of Corduroy's adventure at my house

____ Yes _____ No

2. I have 2 or more sentences about what Corduroy did at my house.

____ Yes _____ No

3. I rewrote my Corduroy adventure on the computer.

____ Yes _____ No

4. My Corduroy adventure is in the class book.

____ Yes _____ No

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