A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea by Michael Ian Black

Recommended Grades: 4-6

Like most children, you probably think a pig parade is a terrific idea. . . this book begins, but the author shows you exactly why a pig parade is a terrible idea. 

Note: This month, I will share several Black Eyed Susan nominees.  A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea is a 2011-2012 nominee.

Lesson Idea:

Model Texts: I’ve written about model texts before, and this one is a great example of a model text to teach persuasive writing to students.  Read aloud A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea and discuss the techniques the author uses to persuade the reader that the idea of a pig parade is a bad one.  The author also utilizes great sequencing words and a surprise wrap up that’s worth investigating.  Perhaps, use the ending as a starter for students to write their own persuasive piece.

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