Recommended Grades: 4-6
A first person telling of the more important events in George Washington’s life is told woven with quotes from his “Rules of Civility.”
Mentor Texts: Several recent books weave quotes from the person into the story. This is a great model for students to use in their own writing. Read aloud George: George Washington, Our Founding Father (Paula Wiseman Books) and discuss how he used his “Rules of Civility” to guide his character. How did the author effectively weave Washington’s actual rules into the story? Read aloud other books, like Martin’s Big Words or Imogene’s Last Stand that effectively use quotes woven through story as model texts. Have students use the models to guide their own writing.
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