This week's Must Read Mentor Text is Nightsong by Ari Berk. This adorable bat story is great to share with your students this time of year!
Check out this summary from Amazon.com-
"Chiro's mother sends him off into the night for the first time alone. It's an adventure, but how will he find his way? And how will he find his way home? As the young bat discovers, navigating the world around him is easy as long as he uses his good sense. This beautiful and touching coming-of-age story, with mesmerizing artwork from New York Timesbestselling illustrator Loren Long and lyrical text from Ari Berk, conveys a heartwarming and universal message: No matter how far away you go, you can always find your way home."
You can teach so many important skills using this book!
1. Vocabulary- this book is full of rich vocabulary! Here are some examples: twitching, admitted, girths, gleefully. Make an anchor chart of important vocabulary- you can have students use context clues and the illustrations to help them determine the meaning of the words. Or, have students work in groups to look up words in the dictionary (always great to get some dictionary practice!)
2. Inference- there are tons of inference opportunities! Stop at various points in the story to make inferences about how Chiro is feeling. Have students use text evidence to support their inferences. Also, let students make inferences about where Chiro is as he is exploring the world- what are the long arms he refers to?
3. Dialogue and Quotation Marks- great conversation between Chiro and his mom! Students love to use dialogue in their writing, but they often struggle with using it effectively. The author provides excellent examples of dialogue. Create a dialogue anchor chart and analyze how the author used dialogue- there are great dialogue tags! Review proper punctuation with quotation marks too!
I hope you and your students get to check out this amazing text!
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