November 21, 2013

The Black Lagoon...dun,dun,dun!

For the next week or so, we're going to spend some time together as a class reading this great little story that Scholastic sent teachers a few years ago.


  
I think teachers received a class set of this book for placing their first book order over $100.00, or something like that. I also think we were supposed to give the books to our students to keep (I had every intention of doing this...honest!). 

The book is only about 10 or so pages long but it is chock-full of all the different text features we teach our students. On the first page alone you'll see there are at least three mini-lessons right there!  



We're really focusing on making our reading sound like natural speech. We're also paying attention to punctuation. For fun, we read an entire page and made each sentence into a question. It sounded hilarious, but it helped everyone to see the importance of punctuation. The author puts it there for a reason; to tell us how to read his/her work, so in order to fully enjoy the text, we need to attend to punctuation.  



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