NEW Lucy Calkins Units of Study for First Grade. If you follow my blog, you know I love teaching writing workshop and I'm a Lucy fan. Her Units are my primary resource because the work with kids!
But have no fear, even if you don't have the new Lucy Units, you can still grab this book from Amazon and start teaching! Night of the Veggie Monster is a true "mentor text" as you can use it to teach multiple concepts and skills- I think it's more helpful for kids to stick with one text for a while so they can really get familiar and "know" the book. This allows them to deepen their understandings each time you read it or refer to it in your teaching.
About the story... George Clements tells a funny tale of how a little boy's parents make him eat his vegetables at dinner, which turns the boy into a "veggie monster" who squirms and convulses, ready to throw chairs and tip the table...until he swallows those dreaded peas! It's a superlative example of how to stretch out the moment by telling it in itsy-bitsy steps (thus the spider on my anchor chart card!)
|Click HERE for my post about this anchor chart!|
Here's a peak inside...
|Text features: all capitals, bold print, speech bubbles, facial expression!|
With all of these features, Night of the Veggie Monster is also a model for teaching voice if you follow the 6+1 Traits model. I also have used this book for teaching fluency- rate, expression, following punctuation marks. Really, there are so many language arts lesson possibilities here!
I hope you found this book suggestion helpful! Be sure to check out the Must Read Mentor Text linky for other ideas for language arts.
What mentor texts do you use for teaching personal narratives?
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