Curious Critters by David FitzSimmons

Recommended Grades: 3-5

Portraits of a range of remarkable, bizarre, and often amusing creatures commonly found throughout North America with information related to the reader told from their point of view!


Lesson Idea:

Nonfiction Poetry Writing

Writer’s Workshop Mentor Text/Point of View: Read aloud Curious Critters and discuss how the author took true information and told it through poems.  Each critter shares his story from his point of view using onomatopoeia and other poetic elements.  Actual photographs of the animals complete the text.  Provide time for students to write nonfiction poems about a topic.  Encourage them to take/use photographs to go along with their poetry.     

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Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer

Recommended Grades: 4-6

A book of poems about fairy tales, written in reverso.  Two poems, you read one up and one down. 

Lesson Idea:


Poetry/Point of view: Read aloud Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse and discuss how when you read one poem it tells you the point of view of one character, but when you read the second poem, it tells the point of view of the other character with only a few changes in capitalization or punctuation (ONLY).  In an author’s note, she explains how she played around with this technique to create reverso.  Have students use the same technique to describe two character’s points of view from a novel they read or even two points of view of historical figures during a period of time.

Extensions: Use this book/activity with George vs. George (for content connections) or Voices in the Park (for point of view connections)

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