Of the many authors to choose from, William Steig is a go-to for mentor text lessons in the upper grades. Finding picture books that work well for older readers can be tough, and although these books appear to be simple if you judge by the cover, they truly are not. William Steig’s writing style and rich vocabulary make them more appropriate for grades three to five.
Today, I’d like to share one you may not be familiar with, The Amazing Bone. This book, at first glance, reminded me of Halloween, but aside from finding a bone, it has nothing at all to do with that time of year. In fact, it is a fractured fairy tale, and don’t we love those? The comparison is subtle, but as kids finish the book, they will make the connection.
As I mentioned, this book is very rich with vocabulary, and I think that makes the book perfect for imagery and visualizing, characterization and character change, and descriptive writing. Author’s craft is the culmination of several reading skills. As you analyze the text, each of these skills contribute to the overall writing style. To analyze author’s craft, I like using column notes where students can read about specific story examples and add their impressions. These notes support student thinking and discussion.
THE AMAZING BONE BOOK COMPANION
- Schema Builder
- Vocabulary Organizer and word cards
- Story Elements Flap Book
- Drawing Conclusions Practice
- Studying Author’s Craft
- Anchor Chart and Column Notes
- Analyzing Character Change Project
- Question Task Cards
- Making Comparisons across Story Elements
- Writing in Response to Reading (True Story of Little Red Riding Hood
Have a great week! Now it’s time to get to planning FOR TOMORROW! Eek!