Zapato Power

Lesson 17 - Writing


Describe Freddie and Mr. Vaslov and what motivates them both by preparing for and participating in a class discussion using evidence from the entire text.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Springs Into Action by Jacqueline Jules 

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Target Task


Describe Freddie and Mr. Vaslov. What motivates them both? Why? How do they show friendship?

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  • This character deep dive should build on what students did after finishing book one. Students should be challenged to think about what additional information they learned about both characters in this text and how the additional evidence broadens their understanding of both characters.
  • Before analyzing the characters, have students retell and chart the key plot events of the story. Students should use the key plot events as a guide for which details about the character are important.
  • After students have participated in a deep discussion and close read, students should write about both characters.

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Common Core Standards

  • L.2.6 — Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using adjectives and adverbs to describe (e.g., When other kids are happy that makes me happy).

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