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A Teacher’s Guide for Grades 2-3:

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

Meet Marisol Rainey, an imaginative and sometimes fearful girl who loves silent films and giving special names to inanimate objects, and who desperately wants to get up the nerve to climb the beautiful magnolia tree in her backyard (which she has of course named Peppina). Witness as Marisol learns to understand and tackle her fears, all with the support of her best friend, Jada, and her loving family. We chose this book for its thoughtful exploration of some important social and emotional themes: fear, bravery, friendship, family, and overcoming obstacles. Students will find themselves relating to and being inspired by Marisol’s bravery; this teacher’s guide will help students make connections between Marisol’s feelings and their own.

Marisol Rainey is an imaginative eight-year-old student who lives in a small town in Louisiana. She lives with her mother—who is originally from the Philippines; her brother Oz— short for Osgood; and her father—who lives with them part-time when he’s not busy working on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Marisol loves silent movies and giving meaningful names to inanimate objects that are important to her; she names the large magnolia tree in her backyard Peppina. Marisol’s fear of climbing Peppina looms over her throughout the summer as she and her best friend Jada spend time together. Over the course of the summer, and with the support of her family and friends, Marisol learns to face her fears.

Author:  Erin Entrada Kelly

Our Reading with Relevance teacher’s guide breaks the novel into a series of thoughtful lesson plans. Each lesson is designed to support you to meaningfully explore the social and emotional themes of the day’s reading with your students, inspiring them to read deeply, think critically, talk openly, and write reflectively about topics that matter.

This teacher’s guide includes:

  • A facilitator’s guide with tips and resources for implementing the curriculum.
  • A map of Common Core Standards addressed through this program.
  • 7 individual lesson plans, including vocabulary, discussion questions, journal prompts, extension activities, and all handouts.
  • Two assessments to monitor student progress throughout the program.
  • Regular checkpoints to help teachers assess their students’ progress on ELA standards.
  • A culminating essay-writing unit.
  • An appendix with additional teaching resources and activities to continue exploring this novel.

Pages: 60
Dimensions: 8.5″ x 11″



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