The Monstore by Tara Lazar

Recommended Grades: 3-5

The Monstore sells only the most useful monsters perfect for all your monsterly needs.  Zack has a monsterly need to frighten his pesky little sister away.  Does his plan work?

Lesson Idea:

Word Choice/Voice: Read aloud The Monstore and discuss how the author used word choice to bring voice to the text. Consider: “Zack begged, whined, grumbled, and collapsed onto the cash register.” How did the author use synonyms to make the text more exciting and the language more descriptive?  Use The Monstore as a mentor text for word choice when students are writing their own texts.

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