Lessons for Improving Comprehension Through “Any Small Goodness” by Tony Johnston


This set of plans is to be used with the novel Any Small Goodness by Tony Johnston. Any Small Goodness is a work of fiction about an adolescent boy, Arturo, who moves to Los Angeles from Mexico with his family. The story describes the family adapting to their new neighborhood. Although life in the new neighborhood presents challenges, Arturo learns about acts of “small goodness” that come to define his experience.

All of the activities in the lesson plans are research based, and references to this research can be found throughout. They are appropriate for use with struggling readers in middle school and focus on improving reading comprehension.