Pinky and Rex

Lesson 5 - 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 lesson has two main focuses. The first is on having students retell and chart the key plot events of Pinky and Rex. Make sure students are using the vocabulary setting, problem, key events, solution, and lesson in their retell. 
  • The second is a deep dive discussion/close read of what students know about Pinky, Rex, and Amanda. After discussing, debating, and describing all three characters in depth, students should write a detailed description of at least one of the characters. When describing characters students should draw connections between the characters and the key plot events from the first part of the lesson. 
  • Students will have a character analysis discussion/writing day after the end of each book. The key is for students to notice and build on their theories about each of the characters. Make sure that students notice the key ideas from each book that are important for understanding later texts as well. (For example, it’s important students understand that Pinky likes things that people might think are “girly” in order for them to understand why he is being bullied in book 2.)

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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.