May 4, 2016
by Kwame Alexander (Newbery Medalist for 2015)
illustrated by Daniel Miyares
Guest post from Mrs. Doss, Literacy in Action teacher leader:
“This book speaks to the heart of reading engagement and the kind of joy a person can experience with text! Two frogs, Bro and Dude, have very different views on books. Dude thinks books are boring and would rather spend his day surfing at the beach, but his best friend Bro is hooked in a book and can’t seem to put it down. Bro is leaning in to a book that has him hooked. All the way through his reading, Bro keeps making small comments, which creates a strong curiosity within Dude.”
Read this book with (we have these at Lowell):
- The Best Place to Read by Debbie Bertram
- The Best Book to Read by Debbie Bertram
- Victricia Malicia, Book-Loving Buccaneer by Carrie Clickard
- How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills
- A Book by Mordicai Gerstein
- How to Teach a Slug to Read by Susan Pearson
- Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
What other books do you read to teach reading engagement and the joy of reading? Leave them in the comments below!
April 19, 2016
We have three new big books in the Lowell Library published by National Geographic Learning. Each is a persuasive text and would be an excellent mentor text when teaching primary students how to write persuasive pieces.
The titles are:
- Summer is the Best! (seasons)
- Take Care of Earth! (environment)
- We Need More Trees! (life cycles)
Summer is the Best! is written in simple sentences. Each persuasive sentence then has three supporting simple sentences.
- For example: The weather is warm in summer. You can play outside. You can eat outside. You can sell lemonade.
We Need More Trees! has a main argument that we need more trees. The rest of the book then contains reasons why more trees are necessary and how trees help the Earth. It is a step more advanced than Summer is the Best! The supporting sentences are not as explicit as in the summer book. Great for grades 1-3.
Take Care of Earth! is a more advanced text great for third or fourth grade writers. It has persuasive sentences followed by research on why their persuasive sentence is necessary. Each page also has an insert that explains what students can do to help out.
- Pair these books with your persuasive writing units to tie in environmental concepts.
- Use this book with Learning about Fact and Opinion by Martha E. H. Rustad to distinguish the different ways writers use facts and opinions in their persuasive pieces.
- Intermediate grades could also use this text to teach the basics of bias in persuasive writing.