Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

Recommended Grades: 2-5

As the story begins, the bus driver leaves the bus, but implores the reader to keep the Pigeon from driving the bus.  The Pigeon pulls out all the stops to get the reader to allow him to drive the bus.  Do his techniques work?  

Lesson Idea:

Writers Workshop


Mentor Texts/Persuasion: As an introduction to a persuasive writing unit, have students create a list of things they can convince a friend to do.  Read aloud Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and discuss the ways the Pigeon tried to convince the reader to allow him to drive the bus.  Ask students to create a humorous book convincing someone to do something from their list.

Note: Created in collaboration with our third grade team

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One thought on “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

  1. Cheoy Lee March 12, 2012 / 12:45 PM

    Well, that is definitely something I’d want to be persuaded of! Sounds like a fun, light-hearted, and engaging read. One of those books that sneaks in a lesson (namely, “persuasive writing”) without the child having been aware they’ve been taught something – kind like trying to sneak vegetables into their lasagne!

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