Judith Viorst
Lesson plans for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and more

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Seven sets of discussion questions based on different incidents in the book.

Between Repeated Catch Phrases
Judith Viorstís story focuses on the chronological organization of a very bad day in Alexanderís life. It begins with Alexanderís morning and ends with his bedtime. Viorst weaves a catch phrase (the one about moving to Australia) throughout the story as well--another element of good organization. This writing lesson has students write chronologically about a bad "school picture" day using a strong introduction and conclusion, while weaving an original catch phrase in between the story's details.

Family Support Network
Students dramatize how family members can support those who are having a bad day.

A Good Day
After listening to the story, students write lists of things that happen to them on bad days and things that might happen on good days. This lesson is designed for kindergarten to third grade.

My Bad Day
Students will use the writing process to create an original writing sample. Students will write a fictional story reflecting personal experiences.

Other Books by Viorst

Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday
Comprehension questions focusing on economic concepts of saving, economic wants, scarcity, goods and services, and investing.

New 6/28Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday
Students practice noting details. Includes text-dependent questions, vocabulary words, a culminating task, and additional learning activities. This unit plan is designed to last 4 days. 8 pages; word processor required.

New 6/28Writing task for Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday
Includes prompt, graphic organizer, student handout, and a model essay. Emphasis is on using evidence to support an inference. 6 pages; word processor required for access.

New 6/28Since Hannah Moved Away
Students note details as they read. Includes text-dependent questions, vocabulary words, a culminating task, and additional learning activities. Word processor required for access.

Judith Viorst
Brief biography and links to these poems: "Fifteen, Maybe Sixteen Things to Worry About," "Learning," "Mother Doesn't Want a Dog," "Since Hannah Moved Away," and "Some Things Don't Make Any Sense at All."

Writing Poetry like Pros
This extensive set of lessons includes an activity using Viorst's "Fifteen, maybe Sixteen Things to Worry About" in Lesson 2, Group 5.