Rose Blanche Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan will help students cite text evidence when drawing inferences and identify figurative language as they read ''Rose Blanche'' by Roberto Innocenti and Christophe Gallaz.

Learning Objective

Upon completion of this lesson on Rose Blanche by Roberto Innocenti and Christophe Gallaz, students will be able to:

  • Cite text evidence when drawing inferences
  • Interpret and use figurative language, such as similes and personification


60 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


  • appetite
  • barbed wire
  • clearing
  • cobblestones
  • crocus
  • diesel
  • Star of David


  • copy of the book Rose Blanche by Roberto Innocenti and Christophe Gallaz
  • printed copies of the Rose Blanche Book Summary and the accompanying Lesson Quiz for each student
  • paper
  • pencil
  • paper bags
  • spatula
  • apron
  • pan
  • stethoscope
  • rubber gloves
  • files
  • eye chart
  • eye drops
  • glasses
  • hammer
  • safety goggles
  • hard hat
  • whistle
  • notepad
  • badge
  • chart paper
  • markers
  • index cards

Reading & Discussion Questions

  • As a warm up, pass out copies of Rose Blanche Book Summary and read together as a class.
  • Discuss the following questions as you read:
    • Describe Rose Blanche's town.
    • What has changed recently?
    • Why does Rose's mother worry about her?
    • What happens to the little boy that Rose Blanche finds unusual?
    • Why does Rose Blanche follow the truck?
    • What does Rose Blanche find when she follows the truck?
    • Why does Rose Blanche sneak food out of her house?
    • What happens to Rose Blanche at the end of the story?
      • Turn and talk: If you were Rose Blanche, what would you have done differently? Why?
  • Ask if there are any questions, then give the students the lesson's printable worksheet to assess their understanding of the story.
  • Check the answers as a class.


Making Inferences

Materials: copy of Rose Blanche, paper, pencil, paper bags containing the following materials:

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