- Form visual images of the story in their minds and draw images with written captions.
- Work with classmates to make character charts of each of three main characters.
- Use the charts to write about characters.
- Write letters of advice and encouragement to Despereaux.
Have a special Tale of Despereaux Day for which students dress as one of the characters. Each student prepares to read one paragraph from The Tale of Despereaux about their character and share a favorite mental image. As part of the celebration, students work together to create a castle mural. They share their book of mental images and their letters with other classes.
Second graders learn the concept of Vivid Mental Images and create them while listening to a read aloud.
Students are asked to come up with adjectives and descriptive phrases for three main characters from the first three books The Tale of Despereaux.
Students review the format for writing a letter and then write a letter of encouragement to Despereaux.