The Hundred Dresses Lesson Plan
- Grades: 3–5
About this book
- Describe characters from the story using character traits
- Compare and contrast two main characters from the story
- Apply their knowledge, understanding, and analysis of characters to determine how they would react in a situation
- The Hundred Dresses, one copy for each student
- Vocabulary Words (PDF)
- What Would They Do? Worksheet (PDF)
- Optional: Vocabulary Puzzle (PDF)
- Optional: Comprehension Quiz (PDF)
Set-Up and Prepare
- Make a class set of copies for each worksheet. NOTE: When copying the Character Trait Map, create a double-sided copy with a blank map on both sides.
- Create a Character Comparison Map on chart paper or set up the PDF on a SMARTboard or projector.
- Prepare a sample Character Comparison Map using two characters from another book that the students are familiar with. This will be the example for students' final Character Comparison Maps.
Step 1: Have students make predictions about the book based on the cover and title.
Step 2: Discuss with students ways that they are different from one another. Also discuss the positive and negative aspects about being different.
Step 3: Distribute and review the Vocabulary Words (PDF). Students can refer to the list as they read the book.
Step 1: Review with students the meaning of character traits. If the class doesn’t already have a list of common character traits, make one before students complete this activity. Discuss how a character’s actions, words, feelings, and thoughts determine their character.
Step 2: Distribute the double-sided, blank Character Trait Charts to students. There should be a blank chart on each side of the paper. As the students read The Hundred Dresses, they should fill in the two charts, one for each character. Have the students leave the boxes labeled “character traits” empty until after the story is finished.
Step 3: After finishing the story, have the students reread their Character Trait Charts, and use the information about their characters to infer traits to describe them. They may use the “Character Traits” chart made before reading the story for help.
Step 1: Once students are finished reading the story and have completed a character map for two characters in the story, they will compare and contrast the characters. Model the Character Comparison Map for the students using two characters from another book that students are familiar with.
Step 2: Have students use the information they collected about the characters from The Hundred Dresses to complete a Character Comparison Map.
Step 1: Once students have successfully compared the two characters, they are going to use that information to determine how each of those characters would react to a certain situation. Explain to students that people respond to situations differently depending on their character and beliefs.
Step 2: Read aloud the example situation on the “What Would They Do?” worksheet. Explain to students that they are going to write how they think their two characters would respond to the situation based on their character traits and the character comparison charts.
Step 3: Have students share their responses when finished.
- Have the students write a sequel to The Hundred Dresses. They can think about Wanda’s life in the new city. Is it different from living in Boggin Heights? Do the children tease her there? Does Wanda want to return to her old home and be friends with Maddie and Peggy?
- Reader’s Theater is a great way for students to practice reading fluently. Break the class into small groups of 3–5 children. Give each group an important scene or event from the story to create into a Reader’s Theater script. Students can then perform their scripts for students in the school or other grade level classes.
- Have students complete the Vocabulary Puzzle after reviewing the Vocabulary Words list or reading the book.
- After students have finished The Hundred Dresses, have them complete the Comprehension Quiz.
Students must complete the What Would They Do? Worksheet.
- Question students and listen to their responses while reading the book.
- Evaluate the Character Trait Chart, Character Comparison Map, and students’ responses to the What Would They Do? worksheet.
Evaluate the Lesson
- Are students able to use inference skills to identify character traits based on a character’s actions, thoughts, words, or feelings, while independently reading?
- Are students able to use critical thinking to predict how a character would react or respond to a situation based on their previously determined character traits?