Literary texts to accompany Andrew Clements' Frindle
Frindle tells the story of Nick Allen, a student who, after learning about the origin of words, creates his own word for a pen (much to the dismay of his English teacher): he calls it a frindle. Although Nick’s teacher and principal attempt to stop the usage of the word frindle, it takes on a life of its own and grows organically within his school, community, and beyond. Frindle looks at the themes such as creativity, limitations, environment, support systems, sense of place, and conflict. The suggested sets and lessons below stem from the idea of helping students understand the complexity of conflict, how to maintain an identity when making compromises, and what it means to discover one’s own identity. Younger readers can examine basic approaches to the many parts of a conflict through various short fictional pieces, while progressing readers can get a head start on what it means to discover what they believe and how to interact with adults when those beliefs feel threatened. Although Frindle is intended for younger readers, students of any age can analyze the book at various levels of complexity to gain a better understanding of finding one’s identity and creativity, as well as the many factors that play into it, in what may appear to be a limited world.
Close Reading Lessons
- Appeals Court Finds Nevada School’s Uniform Policy Unconstitutional (Grades 6-8)
- Was He Good or Bad? (Grades 6-8)
- Does This Look "Amateur" to You? (Grades 6-8)
Applied Argumentative Writing Lessons
- The Mystery of Sound (Grade 3)
- "Jack Meets The Giant" and "A Giant's Tale" (Grade 4)
- Fear (Grade 5)
- Priscilla and the Wimps (Grade 6)
- Multiday Short Fiction: The Tell-Tale Heart (Grade 7)
- Off the Shelf (Grade 8)
Differentiated Lesson Sets for Grades 4-12
- Conflict and Dominance: How do conflict and the struggle for dominance affect the human spirit?
- Personal Identity: How is our identity shaped by how others perceive us?
- Family and Influence: How do families help shape the people we become?
- Conflict and Character: How do different characters respond to conflict?
Introductions to Key Skills & Concepts
- Organizing Your Argument (Grades 3-5; CCSS.CCRA.W.2)
- Organizing Your Argument (Grades 6-12; CCSS.CCRA.W.2)
- Making Arguments About Point of View (Grades 3-5; CCSS.CCRA.R.6)
- Making Arguments About Point of View (Grades 6-12; CCSS.CCRA.R.6)
- Making Arguments About Theme (Grades 3-5; CCSS.CCRA.R.2)
- Making Arguments About Theme (Grades 6-12; CCSS.CCRA.R.2)
- Making Arguments About Characters (Grades 3-5; CCSS.CCRA.R.3)
- Making Arguments About Characters (Grades 6-12; CCSS.CCRA.R.3)