Picture This: Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever!

Publication Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Harper Collins

Recommended Grades: 3-5

Super cute story about the author’s children and a haircut that turned into a lesson for one child. 

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Six Traits: Voice:  Read aloud Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut EVER! and discuss Sadie’s voice with students.  How do we know she has a big personality?  What are some ways her personality shines through the voice of the character?  Use Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut EVER! as a mentor text to discuss the craft of voice.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review.

 

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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.

©2013 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Recommended Grades: 3-5

Duncan just wants to color, but when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters all saying the same thing: We quit! 

Lesson Idea:  


Mentor Text: Letter Writing/Voice:  Read aloud The Day the Crayons Quit and discuss the voice of each crayon.  What do you learn about the individual crayons from each letter?  How do they feel and behave? Create a chart noting the character traits for each color.  Have students write a piece from a specific color’s point of view – using the character traits of the colors to guide them.  The book is written in letter form, so this is also a good model for letter writing.

©2013 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

Memoirs of a Hamster by Devin Scillian

Recommended Grades: 3-5

Seymour is a hamster who believes he has all he ever needs until Pearl the Cat comes along. 

Lesson Idea:  


Mentor Text, Voice: Read aloud Memoirs of a Hamster.  Ask students what they notice about the author’s craft?  Do they feel as if the hamster is really talking to them?  The author really seems to understand the hamster’s voice.  The reader gets the feeling that the hamster might actually speak that way.  It’s a fun read and a great mentor text to help you model voice.  Pair it with Memoirs of a Goldfish for extra fun!

©2013 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

Saturdays and Teacakes by Lester Laminack

Recommended Grades: 3-5

A memoir of the author’s weekly Saturday visit with his grandmother.  The author’s voice is prominent throughout. 

Lesson Idea:

Writers Workshop:


Memoir/Voice Mentor Text: Read aloud Saturdays and Teacakes and discuss how the author’s voice comes through in the text.  Use this book as model during a study of memoirs or as a model text for writers workshop when students are writing their own memoirs or when they need a model for voice in a memoir.

©2012 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.