In many of the classrooms I’m working in, we are moving into a Personal Narrative study. I asked teachers to gather books they would like to use to anchor their teaching. Below is a list of some of the texts:
A Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel and David Catrow
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Great Pumpkin Switch by Megan Mcdonald and Ted Lewin
Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber
My Daddy Makes the Best Motorcycle in the Whole Wide World – The Harley-Davidson by Jean Davidson
The Greatest Game Ever Played A Football Story By Phil Bildner
Shortcut by Donald Crews
A Few Notes:
- The Greatest Game Ever Playedis an excellent example of how to write about a sports’ game. Bildner’s craft is amazing and he is a strong mentor for students wanting to write about watching or playing a game. Not only that, but it is the story of Johnny U. leading the Colts to victory over the Giants. Go Colts!
- Shortcut is a treasure when it comes to teaching craft. I love this story for it’s wealth of sophisticated craft moves that are easy to spot, even for our less-experienced writers. Crews builds tension expertly. Each time I study this book with kids, I learn more from Crews; thus becoming a better writer myself.
- Christi Overman introduced me to A Tree Named Steve and I will never be the same. It’s a must read and a wonderful text to anchor a narrative study.
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