Lesson 3: The Button Shop

Getting Started

Materials: Handy Guide to Writing by Moving Beyond the Page
In today's chapters, changes begin to occur within the country, and everyone is nervous. The characters are forced to make very tough decisions based on the circumstances in which they find themselves.

Stuff You Need

  • Handy Guide to Writing by Moving Beyond the Page
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • journal
  • markers
  • posterboard
  • ruler

Ideas to Think About

  • How do leaders use their power to persuade and inspire others in different ways?

Things to Know

  • Propaganda is a form of communication that attempts to influence the attitudes of a community toward a cause or way of thinking.
  • Know the editing symbols for add a period, close the space, delete, space needed, and transpose elements.


  • Apply proofreading rules when editing. (LA)
  • Use elements of the writing process to compose text. (LA)
  • Revise drafts to clarify meaning and enhance style. (LA)
  • Edit drafts for grammar, mechanics, and spelling. (LA)
  • Recognize and use punctuation marks including commas in compound sentences; use proper punctuation and spacing for quotations. (LA)

Introducing the Lesson

Explain to your child that in today's chapters the families become very afraid. They must show courage and strength as things get worse in their country.

NOTE: You or your child can use the chart on p. 46 of the Handy Guide to Writing as a reference for the proofreading/editing marks covered in this unit.
Reading and Questions
Materials: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Read Chapters 3 and 4. Today your role when reading is to be a wordsmith. As a wordsmith, your job is to locate a few special sections of the text that you think are worth reading aloud. The idea is to identify sections that will help you remember some interesting, powerful, funny, puzzling, or important sections of the book. You decide which passages or paragraphs are worth hearing. Mark the sections in the book with a pencil so you will remember which ones you want to read. Then you can read the passages aloud to a parent and then discuss them.
For today's reading, your child will locate interesting or important sections from Chapters 3 and 4 and read them aloud to you. You can ask him why he chose those sections and then discuss them with him.