Exposition Worksheet for Eleanor Davis’ Stinky

Here’s a worksheet to help third grade students analyze the first eleven pages of Eleanor Davis’ award winning graphic novel Stinky.
This worksheet ties in with several Third Grade CCSS for reading literature:

1. Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Students will need to look back on the text to find out what things Stinky likes and what he believes to be true about children.

3. Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

Students are asked to describe things Stinky likes.  You can ask your student why these likes, combined with his belief that children do not like the same things as him would make him hate the town and children.

5. Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.

This worksheet targets the exposition of the story and asks students to tell what the setting of the story is.

7. Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).

Since this is a Comic Book, the words and images work together to create meaning.
You can read more about Stinky and the Common Core State Standards in Jay’s write up.

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