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Reading Guide


Please check out the Reading Guide for The Wall and the Wild from Lantana Publishing and Sherish Osman, with a coloring page from the book by illustrator Katie Rewse!


Brain Soup Story-Making Worksheets


When students and others ask where I get my ideas or how I come up with my stories, I answer, "Brain soup." My stories come from lots of ideas stirred up in my brain and cooked until they pour at as a story. If your students or readers would like to try making a story out of their own brain soup, check out one of these worksheets. They're all the same format with different ways of identifying the ingredients. Click and print!

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Story Elements Worksheets


Characters, setting, and plot, oh my! If you don't have your own worksheets handy, try one of these. The first one breaks down plot by beginning, middle, and end. The second includes boxes for problem and solution. Again, just click and print! I hope to get some more worksheets devoted to character, plot, and theme developed soon.

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Draw and Describe Your Own Worksheets


The Wall and the Wild centers on Ana's interactions with three elements of the setting, two of which she makes. These worksheets get students thinking about their own variations on a garden, a wall, and the Wild. Hopefully, their own ideas provide interesting elements to share and discuss.

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Sorting Story Elements Worksheets


Have students practice identifying and classifying character, setting, and plot elements from The Wall and the Wild. The worksheets have 11, 14, and 21 items to sort.

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Matching and Word Scramble Worksheets


These offer fun practice in word recognition using key words from the story.

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Draw with the Illustrator


Have fun drawing Ana, the main character in The Wall and the Wild, with illustrator Katie Rewse! Just follow the steps in the video below ...

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