Must Read Mentor Text-The Buffalo Storm

Well, I have my work ready for the week, so why not throw together a quick post to link up with Amanda and Stacia at Collaboration for Mentor Text for social studies.  I am choosing The Buffalo Storm by Kathleen Applegate.  I came across this book on a recent Ollie's shopping trip (and if you haven't discovered Ollie's, you should check out the book aisle).  I chose this one for writing.  The opening page has such a great lead. Description:
On a wagon trail west with Mama and Papa, a young girl faces down fears of stormy weather and moving to a new place thanks to the wisdom, love, and grit instilled by her beloved grandmother back home. 

Here's a glimpse of the opening.  I love the use of repetition and how the author chooses to list the character's feelings right from the beginning.

I love how this book shows a strong relationship between the Hallie and her grandmother and how she deals with her fear of storms and moving. The author and illustrator beautifully capture the sense of what it would be like on the Oregon trails through the eyes of Hallie, the main character. Teachers might tie reading this book to research about the Oregon trail and Lewis and Clark.  I also think it would be fun to write RAFT papers...Role=Hallie, Audiance=Grandmother, Format=Letter, and Topic=Description of the Buffalo Storm scene.  I posted a RAFT freebie previously. [Here] is the link to that again.  You might also be able to use this historical fiction questioning page for this book or others you might use down the road.

Thanks for hosting the linky, Amanda and Stacia.  Tomorrow, I am planning to share another book with a great lead in my friend, Emily's Mentor Monday linky at The Reading Tutor OG. Check back if you love to teach writing with mentor texts.  

Have a great rest of your weekend, and until tomorrow afternoon, happy reading!


  1. Oh, this is great! We get to the Oregon Trail at the end of the year and this will be great! I have never heard of this book! We don't have an Ollie's...what is that?

    Thanks for linking up!
    Collaboration Cuties

    1. Ollie's is a discount store that is popping up in various locations. Several of my blogging buddies commented they have one nearby too, but I don't know where all they are located. They sell hardbacks for $3.99. I've picked up Bully, Junkyard Wonders, and Meteor by Patricia Polacco, several Jan Brett books, and lots of other random titles. It's like a scavenger hunt! ;-)


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