Pinky and Rex

Lesson 11


Explain how Pinky and Rex feel about the spelling bee and how their feelings change by using details to describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

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Target Task


Explain how Pinky and Rex feel about the spelling bee. How do their feelings change? Why?

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Key Questions


  • Why is Pinky excited? Does Rex feel the same way? Why or why not?

  • What worries Rex the most? Why? (Make sure to get at "I hate looking stupid.")

  • What advice does Pinky give Rex? How does it help her?

  • How do Pinky and Rex show friendship?

  • Read the first paragraph on p. 6. What word could be used to describe Pinky? Why?

  • What happens when it's Rex's turn? How does it make her feel?

  • Toward the end of the chapter, why was Pinky beginning to worry?

  • Why is the chapter called "The Champion Speller of the Whole Second Grade?"






Lesson Guidance

Text Complexity Analysis

  • Language Features: This section of text uses a large number of contractions. Students may already be able to decode contractions without a problem, however, some students may need a quick refresher about contractions. Note: all the contractions in this chapter should not be previewed, rather a quick review of how to approach contractions could be included. The work of decoding and figuring out the meaning of contractions should be on students while they are reading the text. 
  • Knowledge Demands: Students may or may not be familiar with the concept behind a spelling bee. Depending on student understanding, preview key ideas about a spelling bee so that students can access the key ideas of the text. 

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.2.3 — Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

  • RF.2.4 — Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.