The Three Billy Goats Fluff by Rachael Mortimer

Recommended Grades: 3-5

When Mr. Troll threatens to eat the three Billy Goats Fluff for trip-trapping over his bridge too loudly, Mother Goat comes up with a fluffy plan to keep everyone happy!   

Lesson Idea:  


Author’s Craft: Another fun read aloud that could be part of a fractured fairy tale unit.  Read aloud Three Billy Goats Fluff as a mentor text.  Pair it with Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs and other fractured fairy tales.  Analyze the texts with students to determine the characteristics of fractured fairy tales and particular elements of author’s craft.  Create an anchor chart for students to refer back to during the year.

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My Brother Dan’s Delicious by Steven Layne

Recommended Grades: 2-5

Third grader, Joey, is left home alone.  And what happens when you are left home alone?  Your imagination gets the best of you and sometimes “monsters” visit.  When Joey’s imagination gets the best of him, he figures out exactly what he would say if a monster wants to eat him, “My brother Dan is delicious.” 

Lesson Idea:

Writers Workshop


Mentor Texts: Read aloud My Brother Dan’s Delicious as part of a unit on the techniques of persuasion.  Discuss the techniques of persuasion (opposites, statistics (numbers), and repetition) and how they are evident in My Brother Dan’s DeliciousCreate an anchor chart that labels the techniques of persuasion.  Post the chart so students may use it as a model when writing their own persuasive piece (the example below is the second poster of 2).

Note: Other books you may want to include in a unit on the techniques of persuasion: A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea and Have I Got a Book for You!

©2012 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

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