ICEA 2023 Spring Reading Comprehension + Writing Class

Class Instruction

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2023 Spring Reading Comprehension + Writing Class:

The One and Only Ivan Book Study

(Grades 3 – 5)


In this class, students will complete a book study on The One and Only Ivan. This is a great way to practice literature analysis, comprehension skills and paragraph writing. We will focus on character analysis, theme, social justice issues, compare/contrast, structure and citing evidence in responses.  Every lesson will include at least two opportunities to write to a prompt, and will have writing homework every lesson to apply what we learned.


Instructor: Ms. Rachael


  • Thursdays @3:30 – 4:30pm PT (from 3/16/23 to 5/4/23)

Book Summary


Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Reading Schedule

  • Week 1: pages 1-39
  • Week 2: pages 40-82
  • Week 3: pages 83-120
  • Week 4: pages 121-156
  • Week 5: pages 157-201
  • Week 6: pages 202-236
  • Week 7: pages 237-276
  • Week 8: pages 277-300

Price: $200/8 Classes



  1. The online zoom link will be sent out in the booking confirmation email as well as shown at the top of this page.
  2. All students will be invited to join a Google Classroom before the class begins.
  3. All registration is not refundable.


About the Teacher:

Rachael has been an educator for over 15 years and has been teaching ICEA writing class for more than 3 years. She currently teaches writing class in Aurora, Colorado. She received her masters in elementary education from Johns Hopkins University. Rachael is passionate about educating children and believes that every child can be successful with the right amount of support and resources. In her spare time, she likes to read, play Harry Potter trivia and bake treats from scratch.


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