The One and Only Ivan: Novel Study

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A new friend, a new perspective, and a new light are all found in Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Ivan. Ivan, a gorilla, was content with his life until a baby elephant befriended him. Readers find synonyms, answer comprehension questions, and create alliterations and similes as they read how Ivan's perspective changes throughout the story.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Watch videos of real gorillas, apes, and chimpanzees that have been taught human skills
  • Require scholars to find antonyms along with synonyms
Classroom Considerations
  • Includes just a preview of a full novel study
  • Uses resources from the library or Internet for research 
  • Topics in the story touch on the idea of evolution
  • Allows learners to think about the story before reading with a prediction pre-reading activity
  • Offers a link for additional information about the story
  • None