What Makes a Good Friend?

Lesson 5


Explain why the author ends the text by saying “Maybe, just maybe, Brian’s not so invisible after all” by asking and answering questions about character feelings and motivation.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig 

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

What can we learn from Brian about what it means to be a good friend?

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Key Questions


  • How do you think Brian feels? Give two examples of why he feels that way.

  • How do you think Brian feels? What clues from the story helped you?

  • Why does Brian draw a superhero who has the power to make friends wherever he goes? What in the story makes you think that?

  • What do you notice about Brian’s face? What can we infer about Brian from his face?

  • Why does Brian write Justin a letter?

  • Why does the author include the description “wishing he could draw a hole right there to swallow him up?”

    What does the description show about how Brian is feeling?

  • How has Brian changed from the beginning of the story to the end? Why?



invisible     (adj.)

unable to be seen or felt; something you cannot see

include     (v.)

to invite everyone, not leave anyone out

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.1.1 — Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

  • RL.1.3 — Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.