The Best Story by Eileen Spinelli

May Theme: Engaging the Reluctant Reader/Writer

Sometimes all it takes is one book to engage a child who may be reluctant to read or write.  Though it’s the end of the school year (for most), it’s never too late to try to entice a new reader or writer.  This month, I will share books that explore reading and writing as a topic.

Recommended Grades: 3-5

Six Traits: Ideas

The Best Story is a great book to model for students where ideas come from.  The narrator of the story wants to write the “best story” to win a prize with her favorite author.  She enlists the help of her family members for ideas, but nothing seems quite right.  Her mother reminds her that the best stories come from the heart.

Lesson idea: Often times students have a difficult time writing when they have a choice, because they can’t come up with ideas.  Read aloud this book to students (particularly your reluctant writers) and remind them that the best stories come from the heart.  Provide an opportunity for students to explore their hearts and list writing seeds.  Model for them how to turn one seed into a story.

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