Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian

Recommended Grades: 2-5

Have you ever wondered about the day in the life of a goldfish?  Here is a tell-all tale from a goldfish himself telling the reader all about his simple life.  But is simple really better?    

Lesson Idea: 

Voice: Read aloud Memoirs of a Goldfish and discuss how the author found the voice of a goldfish to really craft the story. The NorthWest Regional Education Laboratory (NWREL) defines voice as, “the heart and soul, the magic, the wit, along with the feeling and conviction of the individual writer coming out through the words.  How would the voice of the book sound different if the author had chosen an iguana or hermit crab to write his memoirs?  Read aloud and discuss more books with great voice (Doreen Cronin’s Diary of a FlyDiary of a Worm, and Diary of a Spider are great examples).  Have students write memoirs from the point of view of their own pet.  If they don’t have a pet, have them choose an animal they know really well.

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