Pinky and Rex

Lesson 12


Describe how Pinky’s feelings change over the course of the chapters and what causes the change by using details to describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

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Target Task


How do Pinky’s feelings change over the course of the chapters? What causes the change?

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Key Questions


  • What advice does Rex give Pinky? How does he respond?

  • How does Pinky respond when he is nervous? Why could this be a problem?

  • How do Pinky's feelings change during the spelling bee? Why?

  • Even though Pinky wanted to win, he was beginning to wish it would end soon. Why?

  • What word best describes how Pinky was feeling on pp. 22 and 23? How does the illustration help the reader better understand what is happening?

  • What happened at the end of the chapter? How did Pinky feel?

  • Why was the chapter titled "The Worst Thing That Ever Happened"?





Lesson Guidance

Text Complexity Analysis

  • Language Features: The author includes a lot of nuanced description to describe how Pinky is feeling. Students should work on unpacking particular description in order to get a clearer understanding of how Pinky is feeling. (Ex. starting to feel as if his head was going to float away)

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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.