Flora & Ulysses

Flora & Ulysses

Publisher: Candlewick                                                         Press Publication date: 03/10/2015

Pages: 240                                                                                 Delivery: Independent Reading

Lexie: GN420L                                                                                       Age Range: 8 – 12 Years

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  1.  Poetry– Help students become familiar with the different types of poems and perform some guided practice by playing this fun game.
  2. Comic Strip– Students get to use this electronic resource to help aid them in creating a comic strip. This way they can focus more on the words they are typing, not the pictures they have to draw.


  • Key Vocabulary: Flora and Ulysses is chock-full of rich vocabulary. Some of the words that stand out the most include, while definitions were taken from here:
    • Hallucinationnoun; a sensory experience of something that does not exist outside the mind, caused by various physical and mental disorders, or by reaction to certain toxic substances, and usually manifested as visual or auditory images
    • Malfeasancenoun; he performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law; wrongdoing
    • Mundane adjective; common; ordinary; banal; unimaginative.
    • Preternaturallyadjective; out of the ordinary course of nature; exceptional or abnormal
    • Slanderousnoun; a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report
    • Positing – verb; to place, put, or set.
  • Before Reading:
    • Word Scavenger Hunt – Students will be given a list of tricky vocabulary and must work together in teams to find the word in a specific chapter and use context clues to find its meaning.
  • During Reading:
    • Choral Reading – There is a lot of fun dialogue in this text, so a good way to keep students following along and practicing their fluency is to read a long with you every time a quote appears.
  • After Reading:
    • Raft Writing – There are may characters that are introduced throughout the course of this book. By having students RAFT write, they can write creatively from the perspective of one of the characters.



  • A lot of events cause change throughout the book. Choose two different characters in the graphic novel and use key details to support how they have changed and grown as a character.

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