Pinky and Rex

Lesson 18 - Writing


Describe Pinky, Rex, and Amanda and how each character responds to major events and challenges by stating a claim and then providing supporting evidence from the entire text.

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Target Task


Describe Pinky, Rex, and Amanda and how each character responds to major events and challenges.

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Lesson Guidance


  • This is the final discussion/writing-about-reading day. By this point students should have a deep understanding of each character and how they respond to events and challenges. However, students should be pushed to think of even more nuanced traits and explanations. 
  • Students should also be able to retell and chart the key plot events of the story and use the events to help them analyze a character. Therefore consider having students complete the retell independently to use as a formative assessment.

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Common Core Standards

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

  • RL.2.5 — Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

  • SL.2.1 — Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

  • SL.2.2 — Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

  • SL.2.6 — Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification.

  • W.2.1 — Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.