What Makes a Good Friend?

Lesson 9


Describe how Big Al’s relationship with the other fish changes by asking and answering questions about character motivation. 

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Big Al by Andrew Clements 

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

What can we learn from Big Al and the fish in the story?

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Key Questions


  • Why was Big Al feeling lonely? Why do you think that?

  • What are two things Big Al did to try and make friends? Why?

  • How do the fish change in this story?



lonely     (adj.)

to feel sad when you are alone because you wish you had company

clever     (adj.)

someone who is very smart and has good ideas

fierce     (adj.)

scary or mean

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Common Core Standards

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

  • RL.1.2 — Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

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