Zapato Power

Lesson 11


Explain how Freddie’s feelings about his zapatos have changed and why by using details to describe characters and how characters respond to major events and challenges.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Springs Into Action by Jacqueline Jules  — Ch. 2-3

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Target Task


How have Freddie’s feelings about the zapatos changed? Why?

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Key Questions


  • Read the following sentences from p. 15. "I was faster than a rocket! But still too young to leave the house without telling my mother." Explain what this means.
  • Describe Mom and Freddie's relationship.
  • Why does Mr. Vaslov give Gio a new ball?
  • What problem were the purple zapatos creating for Freddie?
  • How do the other kids on the playground feel about Freddie's super speed? Why?
  • Read the sentence from p. 16. "Zapato Power was the best thing on earth when I was alone. But when I was with my friends, it felt a little like cheating." Explain why. Is it cheating?
  • Why does Mr. Vaslov say that Freddie had lost his "superhero smile"?
  • The chapter ends by Mr. Vaslov saying, "Give me a few days to come up with something, Freddie. I'll do the best I can." What is Mr. Vaslov trying to come up with? What problem is he trying to solve?





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Common Core Standards

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

  • RL.2.6 — Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.

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