Classic (fiction), 3,870 words, Level X (Grade 5), Lexile 1050L
The Velveteen Rabbit tells the poignant story of a toy animal's longing to become real. When the stuffed rabbit's owner suffers from a serious illness, the toy provides companionship and comfort through his fevers and chills. Although the velveteen rabbit isn't as expensive as some of the boy's other toys, the boy develops a close relationship with his toy, and their unconditional love helps the stuffed rabbit understand what it means to be real. This tale of friendship, sorrow, and magic takes readers on an emotional journey that sheds light on the true meaning of love.
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Classics Lesson Plan
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Use the reading strategy of visualizing during and after reading
Make inferences and draw conclusions about the text
Grammar and Mechanics
Identify and use commas to separate dialogue
Identify and understand the use of metaphor
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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