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As the narrator sends her son Laurie off to kindergarten, she fears that her sweet child has become a “swaggering character.” Every day Laurie regales the family with stories about the misdeeds of his classmate Charles and the punishments he receives (which seem to embolden rather that subdue him). Laurie speculates that Charles may be thrown out of school. (Holt Elements of Literature, 2008)

This lesson was created as part of the Anthology Alignment Project, during which teachers created CCSS-aligned lessons for existing literary and information texts in anthologies. All page numbers and unit/week designations found in this lesson relate to the edition of the anthology named above. If you are using a trade book or different edition of this title, the page/unit/week references in this lesson will not match. Consult the content referenced in the body of the lesson to determine appropriate page numbers for your text.

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