Pinky and Rex

Lesson 8


Explain what advice Mrs. Morgan gave Pinky and why by using details to describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

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Target Task


What advice does Mrs. Morgan give Pinky? Why?

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Key Questions


  • Pinky says, "If you were a boy like me, you'd know that you're not supposed to be friends with girls." Why does Pinky think this? Is it true? Explain why.

  • How does Pinky feel about his name being Billy? What details from pp. 26 and 27 help you know how he feels?

  • What rules for being a boy did Pinky share with Mrs. Morgan? How does she respond?

  • What story does Mrs. Morgan tell Pinky? Why does she tell him this story?

  • Read the quote from p. 32. "But, believe me, it is worse to not be yourself. Don't change for other people, Billy. Do what's right for the one person who will always be with you - yourself." Why is this important advice?





Lesson Guidance

Text Complexity Analysis

  • Sentence Structure: In this chapter the author includes dashes to emphasize key ideas or points. Model how to read and interpret the use of dashes. 
  • Meaning: A reader learns a lot about how Pinky is feeling based on his conversation with his stuffed animal. Students may need help understanding the conversation and what it reveals about Pinky. Students may also need help unpacking how Pretzel responds and why. 
  • Knowledge Demands: The concept of believing in yourself and not changing for others should be familiar to students, it’s a common message found in children’s books. However, if students aren’t familiar with this idea, making sense of Mrs. Morgan’s story maybe challenging for students.

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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.