Zapato Power

Lesson 2


Identify and explain the descriptive language the author uses to describe the shoes by describing how words and phrases supply meaning to a story.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off by Jacqueline Jules  — Ch. 2

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Target Task


What words and phrases does the author include to describe Freddie's new shoes? Why?

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Key Questions


  • Why does Freddie always race the trains? How does he feel when he is racing the trains?
  • What happens when Freddie starts running? ("Smoke whooshed out of my heels," "wind whipped across my cheeks," "legs whirled so fast could hardly see them.") What do you think is happening?
  • What description does the author include to describe the shoes? What does the description show? Key things to analyze: "like a supercharged engine," "my pretend game has turned real!" "as fast as an airplane."
  • Freddie Ramos ran a whole mile in a few seconds. Why is that impressive?
  • How do the illustrations on pp. 14-15 help a reader better understand the Zapato Power?
  • What does the description "my feet took off like jet wheels on a runway" mean? Why?
  • What does the phrase "one blink later" show about the shoes?
  • What does the phrase "Zoom! Zoom! Zapato!" show? Why does the author include it?



The focus of this chapter should be analyzing and noticing the descriptive language that the author uses to describe the shoes. There are lots of examples of phrases and description that help the reader visualize the shoes and their power. Have students read one time through for plot and then go back and talk about the different words and phrases.

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Common Core Standards

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

  • RL.2.4 — Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

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