Clever Beatrice

November 30, 2012

by Margaret Willey
illustrated by Heather Solomon

Cover image for Clever Beatrice : an Upper Pen...

Tall tale from Michigan’s upper peninsula

From the publisher: Can a very little girl beat a very large giant in feats of strength?  That’s what clever Beatrice bets on when she marches through the north woods to the home of the giant, hoping to win some of his gold to help her mother buy porridge.  The giant heartily agrees to a contest, never imagining the wisp of a girl could out-muscle him.  But what he hasn’t counted on is how clever Beatrice is…and that brains beat brawn every time.

Comprehension Strategies: text to text connections, predicting (How is Beatrice going to trick the giant?)

Other Lesson Ideas: compare/contrast to other giant stories (like Jack and the Beanstalk), theme



Those Shoes

October 9, 2012

Those Shoes
by Maribeth Boelts

Publisher Notes: Jeremy, who longs to have the black high tops that everyone at school seems to have but his grandmother cannot afford, is excited when he sees them for sale in a thrift shop and decides to buy them even though they are the wrong size.

Comprehension Strategies: Connections, Schema, Asking Questions, Inferring, Predicting, Determining Importance, Synthesizing

Lesson Ideas: Poverty, Acceptance, Peer Pressure, Friendship, Empathy

Writing Traits: Conventions (punctuating dialogue), Personal Narrative