Must Read Mentor Text - Recess Queen & Point of View
Elementary AMC August 04, 2013
While I am off enjoying some family vacation time I wanted to share with you a book I love using so I am linking up with Amanda and Stacia at Collaboration Cuties for the inspirational, educational and bank account depleting ;) linky...
The book I am suggesting to you is The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill and Laura Huliska -Beith
This is the story of Mean Jean the recess queen who bullies all the other students on the playground until the new girl shows up, Katie Sue, and she solves the problem!!
This is of course a fantastic book to use at the beginning of the year when establishing classroom community, or during an anti-bullying campaign. But I also use it as a mentor text and formative assessment tool when teaching Point of View and Making Inferences (these two are just so entwined).
Here is what I do. First we read the book as a whole class. Many of the students know the book but that is okay. It is a book that kids can make a lot of connections to, about being a new kid, problems on the playground etc. We talk briefly about the story. Then the move on to the activity. Use what they know about the story, clues from the pictures (facial expressions) and their own ideas to make thought/speech bubbles for characters in the story.
Here is what their activity looks like:
It is pictures from the book with the text blocked out. The first few pictures include the bubbles to help guide the students then their are pictures without so they choose who to write a bubble for. I use this as a formative assessment. After this activity we continue to focus on POV and inferences based on what the characters says, does, shows and our own experiences. We also work on citing evidence and providing strong support.
Here is a checklist that I use:
Here is what I will display in my class this year (it is made with my Reading Goals Chart editable pages) and the checklist I will have for students. You can download these for free here.