Everything you need to understand or teach Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes.
Martha Boyle is out of school for summer vacation and she and her family are preparing for their annual trip to the ocean. One day there's a knock on the door and Martha answers to discover a woman standing there. The woman introduces herself as Olive Barstow's mother. Olive was in Martha's class at school but had been hit by a car while riding her bicycle and died only a few months earlier. Olive's mother tells Martha that she'd found a page in Olive's journal that she thought Martha should have. She hands Martha the page, says "thank you" to Martha, then leaves. Martha reads the journal entry and discovers that Olive hoped to be a writer, that she wanted to visit the ocean, and that he hoped above all else that she and Martha would become friends. Olive writes that Martha is the "nicest girl" in the entire class,... View more of the Olive's Ocean Summary
Olive's Ocean Lesson Plans contain 133 pages of teaching material, including: