Clarence Goes Out West and Meets a Purple Horse
In the classroom/library:
Goal: to use literature as a writing and an art prompt
Students will hear Clarence Goes Out West and Meets a Purple Horse
Students will participate in a class discussion on the theme of the
Students will write a summary of the story in their own words
Students will create artwork related to the story
Predict events, actions and behaviors using prior knowledge and/or details
to comprehend a reading selection
Identify the main idea and relevant facts in a reading selection
Compare characters (e.g., traits, roles, similarities, and differences)
in a reading selection
Identify the author's main purpose in a reading selection
Use the writing process, including generating topics, drafting, revising
ideas and editing, to complete effectively a variety of writing tasks
Select and use subjects and themes works of art
Organize and develop visual solutions to given problems such as using
color and line to influence a response (e.g., joy, warmth, happiness,
sadness) from the viewer
Class time: 45 minutes
1. Before reading the book, show the book cover to the students and
let the students predict the story based on the book title and cover
2. Read the book Clarence Goes Out West and Meets a Purple Horse
to the students.
3. Discuss with the class the theme of the story and compare the two
characters in the book.
4. Ask students to write down their discussion about the main idea and
theme of the book; encourage them to relate the theme of " friendship"
to their personal experiences.
5. Use the illustrations in the book as prompts to encourage students
to express their understanding of the book in visual art format.
6. Students present their summaries and artwork to the class.