Sunday, April 10, 2011

Week 28: Sneaky Sheep

Sneaky Sheep by Chris Monroe is a very humorous story. Rocky and Blossom can't keep themselves out of trouble. It's a good thing they are watched over by Murphy the sheepdog. While this story is great, the illustrations are also key to telling the story. The subtle way Monroe uses illustration techniques to move the story along is key. This is a book you have to read up close to really enjoy all the humor.

Week 27: Books for Teaching Civil Rights

A Taste of Colored Water by Matt Faulkner

White Socks Only by Evelyn Coleman

Sister Anne's Hands by Marybeth Lorbiecki

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Week 26: Are We There Yet?

This book, Are We There Yet? by Alison Lester is filled with all kinds of information about Australia. While the book is great to read just to learn more about Australia, it is also a great text to use to show how to encourage students to add more detail to their writing. There are sections of the text that have a "topic sentence" and have sentences that add more detail about that topic. This book is great to show writers how to add more detail to their writing and how to group their information and sentences together.