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The Recess Queen

The Recess Queen - Alexis O'Neill, Laura Huliska-Beith

Mean Jean is the Recess Queen. Every day at recess, Mean Jean blasts through the playground to swing, kick, and bounce before everybody else. "Nobody swung until Mean Jean swung. Nobody kicked until Mean Jean kicked. Nobody bounced until Mean Jean bounced." Until one day, Katie Sue arrives. Katie Sue, unaware of the playground rules, swung before Mean Jean swung, kicked before Mean Jean kicked, and bounced before Mean Jean bounced. Katie Sue then offers Mean Jean an invitation to play together


In my classroom, I would have students, in groups, complete a character trait analysis on Mean Jean and Katie Sue. The students will compare and contrast the two characters based on texts and illustrations. 


AR Level: 3.0