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Family Tree Book

Tomorrow’s Interactive Read Aloud includes Alan Say’s Book Grandfather’s Journey. Since our IRA Theme for the past two months has been immigration, I thought it would be nice to end out the unit with a book that the kids compile on their families (sort of as an unofficial independent writing project). I’m giving these sheets to start with tomorrow to build their books:

Cover Page Sample Questions

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.

3 thoughts on “Family Tree Book Leave a comment

  1. I like the questions, and I love the creative ways you make up your hand-outs (is the tree page from a program or did you create it?)

    Working on family trees with my students is often quite charged. Many of them have serious issues with their families and aren’t close enough with parents or grandparents to ask the kinds of questions I would want them to ask. I’m still trying to navigate that one, find a way to make activities like this accessible to all my kids.


  2. Great question!

    Since all of my students are living with their birth parents that wasn’t a concern of mine today. However, I will definitely give some thought to how this could be meaningful for foster children.

    Thank you for pushing my thinking M. Gruppi.


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