Crankee Doodle by Tom Angleberger

Recommended Grades: 3-5

Find out why Yankee was so cranky in this hilarious take on the traditional song. 


Lesson Idea:

Six Traits: Organization, Writer’s Workshop: Dialogue: Read aloud Crankee Doodle (makes a fun read aloud!).  Use this book as a mentor text for organization – fun surprise ending or a mentor text for dialogue.  How does the author show dialogue in this book? Group Crankee Doodle with other books with different examples of dialogue, such as, I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, Big Plans by Bob Shea, One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo, and Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj to share how different authors display dialogue in ways other than with traditional quotation marks. 


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