In the Land of Milk and Honey by Joyce Carol Thomas

Publisher: Harper Collins

Date: September 18, 2012

Recommended Grades: 3-5

This is the true story of author Joyce Carol Thomas’s trip from Oklahoma to California in 1948, as a young girl.  Her journey is filled with excitement, hope, and promise. 

Lesson Idea:  


Mentor Text, Word Choice/Sensory Details: Read aloud In the Land of Milk and Honey and discuss the language choices the author makes.  Beyond the bay, mountains topped with ice cream snow. . ., the author uses lyrical language, similes and metaphors, and sensory details to describe a trip from flat lands, through desert and onward to the ocean.  Chart the language choices the author makes as part of a word choice anchor chart for students to borrow from when they are writing in writer’s workshop.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review by the publisher.

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