Curious Critters by David FitzSimmons

Recommended Grades: 3-5

Portraits of a range of remarkable, bizarre, and often amusing creatures commonly found throughout North America with information related to the reader told from their point of view!

Lesson Idea:

Nonfiction Poetry Writing

Writer’s Workshop Mentor Text/Point of View: Read aloud Curious Critters and discuss how the author took true information and told it through poems.  Each critter shares his story from his point of view using onomatopoeia and other poetic elements.  Actual photographs of the animals complete the text.  Provide time for students to write nonfiction poems about a topic.  Encourage them to take/use photographs to go along with their poetry.     

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2 thoughts on “Curious Critters by David FitzSimmons

  1. Kimberly Galloway March 23, 2014 / 11:11 PM

    I love this blog and the activity. I am planning on using this! Teaching figurative language and the use of onomatopoeias in the story make it more interesting. Teaching point of view is always difficult for third graders because they assume the narrator is always a character in the story. Various point of view as displayed in the story help the students visualize who is telling the story and gives them an opportunity to practice.

    • Links to Literacy March 24, 2014 / 5:28 AM

      I’m so glad you find my blog useful and this particular lesson helpful! I’d love to hear how it works out!

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