Pink and Say
by Patricia Polacco
1. Copy of Pink and Say by
3. Computer with Printer
Before You Read
Chose one of these activities to
complete before you read Pink and Say. These activities will help you
understand the topic of the story better.
1. KWLS Chart
- Pink and Say is about two
boys who are involved in the civil war. The civil war is very important to the
history of our country. How does this story relate to the real civil war that
happened in our country? A good way to get ourselves ready to understand the story
is to complete a KWLS chart. This chart is a good place to organize our ideas that
we already know, the ideas and knowledge we want to learn, what we learn after we read the
story, and what we still want to know after the story. Click here
to go to the KWLS chart that has been made for you. You will need to print out the
page and begin working on it.
- After you have filled out the
information that you already know about the civil war, you will need to start filling in
the what you want to learn. This information can be more about the civil war or the
characters in Pink and Say and how they relate to the civil war. Also,
I have a couple of good Internet sites that are about the civil war. These sites
will help you come up with some ideas about what you want to learn after reading this
story. Try to use at least one site. When you are ready, just click on the
name of each site to go to it.
- It is important to make
predictions about a story before you read it. This allows you to see what you
already know about the book. It also lets you see what you understand about how
stories work. For this activity, you will be making predictions about Pink and Say
before you actually read the book.
- For your predictions, you will be
using a chart that I have already made for you. Click here
when you are ready to start making your predictions. Don't read any of the book!!!
- Hint: Use the title, author, and
the website below to help you make your predictions.
While You Read:
- Now you need to start reading Pink
and Say. As you read the book, you have a couple of things that you need to
do. First of all, if you come across new information that you have just learned,
write it in your KWLS chart. You can finish this chart after you have finished the
story, but it doesn't hurt to work on it right away.
1. Vocabulary Definitions
- Pink and Say contains many complex
sentences and words that you might not be very familiar with. As you are read the
story for the first time, write down words or sentences that are confusing to you.
After you write these words down, try to define them on your own. Use the words and
the text around the words to help with the definition. You will also need to try to
define a couple of words that I have chosen for you.
- After you write down your own
definitions, you need to figure out what the correct definitions are. Click on one
of the dictionary websites below to find the definitions. Then write four sentences
using as many of these words correctly as you can.
2. Story Pie
- As you are reading through the
books, think about how the plot is working throughout the story. The plot is very
important to the movement of the story. After you have learned more about plot,
complete the story pie activity below.
- Write down some of the
actions or events that occur that you think make the story work. Just write this on
a scrap piece of paper. After you have written all the events down and finished
story, look through your list. Pick 10 events that can be the main events of the
- Using the Paint Program on your
computer, draw a circle and print it off.
- Draw lines to create ten pieces
(looks similar to a pie)
- Write in the ten main events in the
slices of pie.
After You Read
You will need to complete one of the
activities below after you have finished reading the story. Also, don't forget to
finish filling out your KWLS chart!
1. Writing a Letter
- In this activity you will be writing a letter
from Say to his mother in Ohio. This letter will be written in a friendly letter
format. In this letter, you will need to write from the view point of Say. The
letter will be written from Andersonville Prison Camp, after he had been separated from
Pink. You will want to describe in the letter everything that has happened to Say
that goes along with what you read in the story. Also, you might want to describe
what the prison camp is like and how Say is feeling. Hint: Use your story pie or
KWLS chart for help. You will need to write this letter using Microsoft Word.
Below are some sites that you should explore to help with this activity.
- For this activity, you will using your
writing skills and knowledge about the story to interview Pink or Say. You will be
reporter during the time of the Civil War and have just found out about Pink and Say's
story. Your magazine has sent you to interview either one at Andersonville Camp for
the front page story. You editor has told you that you must ask at least ten
questions and try to find out as much as you can.
- When you have finished
viewing this site, you will need to write up your interview questions using Microsoft
Word. Print off two copies of the questions. You will need to answer one set
of the questions. You will find someone else to answer the other set of the
questions. These questions should follow what happens in the story.
EXTRA CREDIT: Write a one
page story summarizing the answers to your interview questions. This needs to be
typed and include at least one picture.
- Below are some links to magazine articles
about the Civil War. These would be interesting to read to learn about Civil War
stories. If you are going to complete the extra credit, you will want to check out
- The Civil War Times Illustrated
- America's Civil War
I have made a small quiz on the Internet that you need to take
after you have read the story and finished all of the activities above. Click
on Pink and Say Quiz to take the quiz. You might want to read the story one more
time before you take this test.
Beyond What You Read - Fun Extensions
Now that you have finished Pink and Say, I
would like you to write a short review of the book. When writing this review, focus
on some things you thought really made the story great or what didn't make it so
great. After you have finished writing your review click on the Patricia Polacco
website below and send her your review through email. Also, take some time to
explore her website, she is a very interesting person.
How does this book relate to other areas in
our life? There are many ways, but I have created two activities for you to complete that
help you to see this relationship. Choose one activity to complete and turn in for
extra credit. These projects will take longer for you to complete and will not be do until
two weeks after you have finished the book.
1. Civil War Reenactment
- The Civil War is something that many people
in our country are still very interested in. Many of them thoroughly study this war
and the effects it had on our country. Some even form clubs and reenact battles that
occurred during the real Civil War. You are going to create your own reenactment of
any famous Civil War Battle. This project will must have the following parts:
1. Location (a real place where a battle
2. Information about your Reenactment Group
- Name of the group
- Number of members and those participating in
- Membership dues
- Mission Statement (why do you participate in
3. Uniforms worn by those participating in
reanactment (these can be drawn by hand, with Paint on the computer, or printed off of
4. Two paragraph summary of how the reenactment
took place (what happened?)
- This project can be difficult to figure out
where to start. I have listed many different sites that you need to explore and take
notes to help with the project. The sites are listed in the order that you should
look through them. The final copy needs to be typed using Microsoft Word.
American Civil War
-Scroll down and click on Civil
War Images or Photos of Battles. This will allow you to see pictures of
reenactments and understand how they work. You will want to use this page to gather
information and learn about how reenactments take place. Also, you can learn about
the uniforms and outfits people wore during the real Civil War. Make sure you click
on many of the links on this page because they are very helpful!!!
Civil War For Kids Page
-This is the same link as
the one in the beginning, but you need to use it again. You need to use this site to
learn about the Civil War and the battles that took place.
...If You Lived At the Time of The Civil
War by Kay Moore
-This is not an Internet
site, but a book that would be very good to read. It explains what it was like to
live during the Civil War.
2. Civil War Journal
- The story of Pink and Say is true and
has been passed down through Patricia Polacco's family. Some of the Civil War
stories we know about now have been passed down through families. Another way we
learn stories is through reading journals kept during the Civil War. Some of the
journals that have been studied are from soldiers, while some are from people who were not
fighting in the war. These journals are very informative and interesting!
- For this project, you are going to
create your own ten day journal. Below are some of the guidelines that you need to follow:
1. Each journal entry is dated with the
2. Each journal entry needs to be at least one
3. Information about at least three battles
need to be included.
4. The person writing the journal needs to be
fighting in these battles or has a close relative fighting in the war.
5. The person who is writing the journal
needs to explain his view point on slavery.
- This project can be hard to figure out where
to start. I have listed some sites below that you will need to explore to complete
this project. They are listed in the order that would be best to look through
them. You will need to first look through some of the examples of journals I have
included so you can understand how people wrote during that time. Your final draft
can be handwritten, but should be binded in a folder.
- ...If You Lived At the Time of the Civil War by Kay
Moore (This is not an Internet site, but a book that will help you learn about the time
period of the Civil War)
- Diary of a Drummer Boy by Marlene Brill (This is also
not an Internet site. This book uses a diary format and tells the story of a
12-year-old's experiences as a drummer boy.
Whew! You have finally completed the Pink and Say
project! Now it's time to see how you did. The rubric below is how your projects
will be graded. Your final grade will be based on the teacher's score and your own
evaluation. Click here to go to your own rubric.
Print it out and turn it in with your final project.
|All of the activities are completed correctly. The
directions were followed and the final project is done neatly without many errors.
||All of the activities were completed and 100% effort was
put forth. Attitude toward project was positive.
||The completed activities show a strong understanding of the
story and its elements (plot, setting, etc.)
|All or only some of the activities assigned are
completed. The directions were not completely followed and the project had a few
||Some of the activities were completed and some effort was
put forth. Attitude toward project was average.
||The completed activities show only an average understanding
of the story and its elements.
|Not all of the activities are completed. The
directions were not followed completely and there were many errors.
||Not all of the activities were completed and a small amount
of effort was put forth. Attitude toward project was negative.
||The completed activity show a minimal understanding of the
story and its elements.
This lesson plan was created by Rebecca Cartwright.