Locomotive by Brian Floca

Recommended Grades: 3-5

It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America’s first transcontinental railroad, still new, just built. 

Lesson Idea:

Informational Text/Narrative Nonfiction/Word Choice: Read aloud Locomotive and discuss the characteristics of narrative non-fiction.  Demonstrate how the author uses word choice (onomatopoeia, specifically) to develop the story.  How does the author’s choice of words (and the text features) help the reader to understand the text?  Ask, how can you choose words to develop your nonfiction writing?  Provide time for students to practice using onomatopoeia in their own informational writing.

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