With St. Paddy’s day just around the corner, finding great books for skill modeling makes reading instruction meaningful and fun. In today’s post, I thought I’d share my favorite book picks and how I’ve used them.
JAMIE O’ROURKE TALES
In addition to characterization, these books also lend themselves well to making predictions. Again, students can easily predict and justify their ideas based upon story events and Jamie’s character.
Finally, I love the way Tomie dePaola weaves in rich vocabulary into all of his books, and this one is no different. You can easily find tier two words to use and work with your students on using context clues to determine the meaning. For a full bundle of activities to maximize the use of these books, the Jamie O’Rourke bundle in my shop includes vocabulary, skill based work, comprehension question task cards, and writing options. Click [HERE] to learn more.
EVE BUNTING BOOKS FOR ST. PADDY’S DAY
ST. PATRICK’S DAY NONFICTION
I also love using close reading passages to help students read to learn. I came across this free resource from TPT seller, Ashley Brennan. It’d work very well for the middle grades if you are teaching main idea and supporting details. The students color code the details in the article and respond to text dependent questions.
OTHER MENTOR TEXT IDEAS
- Read the book prior to using it for your lesson.
- As you read it, use sticky notes to mark the teaching points you wish to use and guiding questions.
- As you are using the book for the lesson, pause for discussion and record student observations on chart paper or a Smartboard slide.
- If you are working on the skill in small group or in your literacy stations, practice in a similar format.
- As much as possible, include student discussion and activities that keep student engagement high.
- Following the lesson, keep books you highlight available for rereading.
This is a busy time of year and a critical time for learning. Mentor texts help keep interest high and maximize learning time. Great lessons start with great books, so I hope you enjoy these options.