Teach Mentor Texts
It's Monday! What are you reading?
Reading for me:
I finished Wonder by R. J. Palacio yesterday, wow. That's all I need to say. A fairly quick read (part of a weekend and three nights if you're like me and don't have a bucket full of time). I really enjoyed the characters, getting to know them and all the different perspectives. It was a great story.
I then started reading Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins. I had finished The Hunger Games over Christmas break and had not had a chance to get back to the second book in the series.
I started Pirates Past Noon, by Mary Pope Osborne tonight before bed with the kiddos; they are enjoying it immensely!
Reading for my students:
I have been talking with my students about "good fit" books for a few weeks. I found a great book called, Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians (yes, Libearians) by Jacki Mims Hopkins. It is similar to the original story with a closely related title showing a variation of books, too hard, too easy and just right! It helped the idea sink in a little further for my students.
A book I discovered a couple weeks ago by Helen Lester was, Author, A True Story. It is the story of Helen as a child and her struggles with the writing process. The beginning starts by saying, "A long time ago there lived a three year old author. Me." Her illustrations show a scribbled grocery list and her scrawls of "writing". My class was riveted by this rather long story, she started out just like they did! Like we all did! I thought this story was very relatable to young authors.