We are here today for our weekly Must Reads!!
I used Katie's Trunk this past week.
Here is a synopsis from Amazon: "An acclaimed author gives young readers a new perspective on the American Revolution in this thoughtful picture book. Katie, a child of Loyalists, is frightened by all the talk of independence that is igniting passions in her New England town. Then one day, when Patriot neighbors ransack her home, Katie finds that her very survival rests in the hands of the "enemies"."
I will say that this is a semi-difficult text. When I read it to myself, I knew it would take some discussion with the class. Have you ever done that? You read a book to yourself and think of all of the possibilities you can use it for and then you start to read it out loud to your class and you realize it is a little more deep than you realized? Am I the only one that's ever done that? Well I knew on the first page it was going to take some close reads to really dig into it. But, that was ok, because I knew I was using it all week! :O)
So, when we first read the book, we made inferences as we went through it (Oops! I didn't get a picture of that!). I like this book because it is from the Loyalists' point of view, which you don't find very often. I think it's important for students to be able to see BOTH sides!
The second day, we reread the book. I was focusing on verbs in grammar, so while I read it, we were picking out action verbs and writing them in our grammar notebook. As we did this, I continued to talk about the meaning behind the story.
Winter Interactive Notebook Activities to find verbs in the text! And, it worked out beautifully because it started to snow while we were doing it! The first time it had snowed in 3 years!! Perfect timing! ;O)
After we found verbs together, I sent kids off to work on this sheet from Jessica's unit while I pulled my guided reading groups! They had to use evidence from the text.
This book is a little hard to read because of the way the author has the sentences laid out. (Or maybe that's just me? Here are a few pages you can look at to see if you agree!)
Then, they worked with a partner on deciphering the similes in the text while I pulled guided reading groups.
So, we read this book because I wanted them to see a different perspective of the American Revolution and to see how it must have felt for the colonists to have to choose sides, and how that affected them once they did. But, we did quite a bit of Language Arts skills within this one text by using close reads, which is what using a mentor text is all about, right? :O)
It really is a great book! I think it's good to talk with students about this in case they choose a text that's interesting to them, but may be a little difficult to read. I want them to know they can read it more than once, to ensure understanding, and they'll find something they didn't notice each time they read!
I can't wait to see what you link up!!
Next week's linky- Math