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The Stranger

Update: This unit was comletely revised 6/2015. It’s now better than ever!!

Disclaimer: This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

The Stranger is by one of my all time favorite author/illustrators, Chris Van Allsburg (author of Polar Express). And I’m really excited that I FINALLY made a unit for it that I love! I enjoy using this book with the older grades (3rd and up) because of the incredible illustrations as well as the great inferencing that occurs.

Who is the Stranger??? We never find out exactly, but there are many mysteries that surround him. Can you or your kids figure him out? Get the unit here.

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Purchase your book companion (book not included) here!


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  1. I can’t wait to buy and use this with my students. I feel like I spend so much time making materials for my students on Microsoft word and Boardmaker but they never turn out quite like I would like them to. Would you mind sharing what program you use to make your materials (especially the vocab templates)? Thanks and I aways look forward to your blog emails that I receive!

    1. I use Powerpoint for almost everything!

  2. I just downloaded this and it looks great! I especially love the character and setting description sheets. I cannot wait to start using this with my students this week. I was googling to see if I could find an extra resource to use with the story and came across something great that I had to share!. Someone made an 18 minute short movie based on the book and it is fantastic! There are differences, of course, but it would be a great way to compare and contrast! Anyway, here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7NSj–t_UQ

  3. I love this book and the kids love it too. Your combo pack with Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving and The Stranger was my first purchase on TPT and it is still one of my favorites. I use this unit every year because of the great inferring that takes place. Everyone should purchase this unit, you and your students will be grateful.

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