Prescott Reads! The One and Only Ivan

Reading Schedule for The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

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Reading Schedule for The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Day One—Monday, January 22nd Read: pages 1-18 (including glossary)

Discussion Questions: Does Ivan see humans in a positive way?  Use details from the text to back up your answer.  Describe Julia.  How does Ivan feel about her?

Day Two—Tuesday, January 23rd  Read: pages 19-37

Discussion Questions: Ivan thinks Stella’s trunk is a “miracle.” What can she do with it?  What can’t she do?  Using evidence from the text, describe Bob.

Day Three—Wednesday, January 24th Read: pages 38-66

Discussion Questions: Why does Ivan wish the grass was sometimes there, and sometimes not?

Day Four—Thursday, January 25th Read: pages 67-96 

Discussion Questions: Why do you think Ivan likes drawing?  Why does he draw different pictures for Ruby?

Day Five—Friday, January 26th  Read: pages 97-125

Discussion Questions: Explain why Ruby has to go into the ring without Stella.  How does Ivan feel about this?  What happened to Stella?  Why?  To comfort Ruby, Ivan tells her a story.  What does he reveal about his past


Day Six—Monday, January 29th  Read: pages 126-156

Discussion Questions: Explain what Ivan did with the cake frosting.  Why?

Day Seven—Tuesday, January 30th Read: pages 157-187

Discussion Questions: Ivan now called his “domain” a “cage.” Why?  Illustrate one of Ivan’s paintings on a blank piece of paper.


Day Eight—Wednesday, January 31st  Read: pages 188-221

Discussion Questions: How does Ivan finally show his anger?  What is the reaction of Julia and George?


Day Nine—Thursday, February 1st  Read: pages 222-255

Discussion Questions: People arrive with signs and sticks.  Why? Describe Ivan’s feelings about going into the box.

Day Ten—Friday, February 2nd  Read: pages 256-300

Discussion Questions: Explain what happens the first time Ivan enters the gorilla exhibit?  Why does this happen? Who is Kinyani?  How does Ivan feel about her?  Why does he need Bob’s advice?  Explain what Ivan does to the new white wall.  Why does he do this?


Day Eleven—Monday, February 5th Review and Reflect


Natalie Beach,
Jan 12, 2018, 6:55 PM