Sarah at amick’s articles is suggesting we choose five books for teaching in our classrooms. If you choose five books and only five what would they be? Why?
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Here is a link to Sarah’s article:
Sarah’s favorite 5 books link
My 5 books…
1. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon link to amazon.Stellaluna
It is a wonderful book about tolerance of friends and accepting each others differences. The baby birds learn to tolerate Stellaluna’s bat behaviors. More importantly, Stellaluna learns to be accepted by the Mama Bird by eating bird food, sleeping at night, and hanging like birds. Friends learn to tolerate behaviors. This book is perfect for teaching accepting each other’s differences. It is perfect for teaching many writing lessons including: lead, dialogue, thoughtshot, snapshot, etc…. I use this book as a mentor text or an anchor text in classrooms. my lesson about Stellaluna Many children love learning about bats and birds. This is a touching story that captures the hearts of teachers and children at many levels. To see the set up of the document see this link. writing specific teaching points craft link for Stellaluna
2. The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant link to amazon The Relatives Came
This is another wonderful anchor book that I use as a mentor text. Students make lots of connections to this book. I use this text to teach lots of writing lessons including: dialogue, Barry Lane strategies, grammar strategies, and more. Sometimes when I am conferring with a student, I will pull out this book, and remind a student of a lesson that we did during a mini-lesson. Sometimes I will help the student connect to how Cynthia Rylant wrote the lead or used a repeating line. I carry around 3-4 mentor texts with me when I teach writing lessons. They are included in this document: anchor text lesson link about The Relatives Came
3. Gooney Bird Greene (series) by Lois Lowry link to amazon Gooney Bird Greene
This book is one of my favorites for teaching personal narrative. Gooney Bird tells stories in each chapter. She keeps reinforcing the concept of beginning, middle, end concept of stories. link my lesson about Gooney Bird Greene
4. Miss Fannie’s Hats by Jan Karon link to amazon Miss Fannie’s Hats
The character, Miss Fannie, wears hats. Each hat holds a wonderful memory.
Miss Fannie’s Hats lesson about writing about memories
5. Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts amazon link to Those Shoes
This book is a new favorite. The other books have been favorites for awhile. I can tell that this book is going to a new long lasting favorite! I wrote up this book as a mentor text and an anchor text for my teachers for this next year.
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