Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

Recommended Grades: 2-5

Interrupting Chicken
It’s bedtime for Little Red Chicken and she wants Papa to tell her a bedtime story.  Papa says, “You’re not going to interrupt the story, are you?” but Little Red Chicken just can’t help herself.  As soon as the story gets going, out jumps the little red chicken into the story and saving the characters from danger.  Will she ever get to sleep? 

Lesson idea:

Six Traits of Writing:

Organization: Read aloud this book and discuss with students how the author organized the text.  Note how there is a story within a story, and they are tied together through the main character.  As a class, create a shared writing that incorporates a story within a story.  Have students work on this technique in pairs as well, and eventually, have students write their own piece that incorporates a story within a story.

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