Chester by Melanie Watt

Recommended Grades: 2-5

Melanie Watt (author of the Scaredy Squirrel series) tried to write a mouse story, but Chester the cat just wouldn’t let her.  What results is laugh out loud banter between the author and the character.   

Lesson Idea:

Six Traits

Voice: Read aloud Chester and discuss how the author’s voice comes alive in the crazy banter between her and the character.  How does Melanie Watt make the story interesting, exciting and fun?  What techniques does she use?  Create a list of the techniques that make her voice interesting.  Use other model texts to demonstrate voice as well. 

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