Zapato Power

Lesson 9 - Writing


Describe Freddie and Mr. Vaslov and how they respond to key events by preparing for and participating in a class discussion using evidence from the entire text.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off by Jacqueline Jules 

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Target Task


Describe Freddie and Mr. Vaslov. How do they both respond to key events? Why?

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  • This day is a character deep dive and writing day. In order to better understand the characters, students should first retell and chart the plot of the story. Then students should look for evidence that describes Freddi and MR. Vaslov, particularly in connection with key plot events. 
  • On this day essential questions should also be spiraled in. When describing Freddie and Mr. Vaslov and what motivates them, it is important to think about friendships and the different ways friendships can evolve. It will also be important to think about what it means to be a superhero and what Freddie really wants. 
  • After students have had a chance to chart the plot of the story, find key evidence and analyze both characters, have students write about one of the 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.