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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To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt by Doreen Rappaport

Recommended Grades:4-6

A great picture book biography on the life of Theodore Roosevelt.  The author effortlessly weaves actual quotes by Theodore Roosevelt throughout the story to build on the context of his life.  

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Biography Study:  Read aloud To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt about the life of Theodore Roosevelt as part of a study on Theodore Roosevelt.  Pair this with The Camping Trip that Changed America and What To Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy! to round out the study of Theodore Roosevelt’s life.  Both books are biographical in nature about a specific period in Teddy Roosevelt’s life.  Or, use To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt as a mentor text in a craft study on biography.

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Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus by John Grandits

Recommended Grades:3-5

Kyle is dreading his first trip aboard the school bus, but his big brother James is an expert.  James gives Kyle ten rules for riding the bus if he wants to avoid getting laughed at or yelled at, pushed around, or even pounded.  

Lesson Idea:


Six Traits Mentor Text: Organization:  Read aloud Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus and discuss the organization style of the author (a list of sorts).  Let students choose the topic or provide them with a content area for which to write a list.  Encourage students to mimic the style in a piece of writing, perhaps “Ten Rules to Survive Recess” or “Ten Rules to Survive the Cafeteria.”

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Sophie’s Fish by A.E. Cannon

Recommended Grades:3-5

How hard can it be to babysit a fish?  That’s what Jake thinks when Sophie asks him to take care of Yo-Yo for the weekend.  Then Jake starts to over think what it means to take care of a fish. 

Lesson Idea:


Six Traits Mentor Text: Organization:  Read aloud Sophie’s Fish as part of a unit on the craft of endings.  Sophie’s Fish is a great example of a surprise ending, but the illustrator shares the surprise, not the author.  Read aloud other mentor texts that demonstrate surprise endings.  Encourage students to write a surprise ending for one of their writing pieces.      

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Now Open the Box by Dorothy Kunhardt

Publisher: The New York Review Children’s Collection

Publication Date:  August 20, 2013

A circus man stands in front of his circus tent holding a very small box. What could be in that little, tiny box? When the circus man opens the box, all the people see for themselves a teeny, tiny, dog, named Peewee.

Read Aloud Recommended Grades: K-2

Lesson Recommended Grades: 3-5

Note:  This book was originally published in 1934, a re-released classic by the author of Pat the Bunny.

Lesson Idea: Sentence Fluency/Dialogue: Read aloud Now Open the Box and discuss the author’s technique. What do students notice when you show them the text? She used run on sentences to build suspense and grab the reader’s attention. She also left out traditional punctuation when characters spoke. After reading aloud, provide copies of several pages of the text for students. Ask them to indicate places where they could add punctuation for dialogue.

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

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