The One and Only Ivan
In my classroom, we are finishing up The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. This novel won the Newbery in 2013. It's based on the true story of Ivan, who lived in captivity for 27 years before public outcry got him moved to a zoo.
It's a beautiful story about Ivan the gorilla. It is told from his point of view in captivity in a mall/circus.
The standard I focus on the most is:
Key Ideas and Details:
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
I made this anchor chart for my kids:
We use Ivan for two purposes. One: we do interactive read alouds during readers' workshop. I read aloud and plan stops along the way to show how to apply reading strategies. For example, My think aloud for character motivation might be "Why is it a turning point for Ivan when Ruby hits Mack? I think he's worried about what Mack could do to her. I'm going to keep reading to see what happens." Think alouds should be well-planned and short. If you're looking for some titles, TCRWP has a great list here. TCRWP is a great resource for all things connected with literacy.
Second: we use it for explicit close reading lessons. The third grade standard asks students to refer to the text but it is really called out in fourth grade and higher. Students need to be guided in how to use text evidence to support their ideas. I made a close reading guide to help especially when it comes to asking my kids deep questions. I formatted it with the text on one side and an open space on the other. I use the gradual release method for teaching.
I hope this encouraged you to read The One and Only Ivan with your students. It really is a great book.