Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden by Edith Pattou

Recommended Grades: 3-5

Mrs. Spitzer is a wise teacher. She knows about gardens and she knows about children. She knows
how both will flourish if they are tended to lovingly. Using the metaphor of a garden, Pattou expertly
describes what happens when a teacher tends to her students.
Lesson Idea:
Author’s Message:

Mentor Texts: Read aloud Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden and discuss what the author is trying to tell the reader.  What is her message? Use this as a ladder to more complex texts when helping students determine author’s message. Eventually, provide a book or short story for students to determine if they are able to find the author’s message independently.

*Based on an idea Franki Sibberson shared at the All Write Summer Institute*
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