Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Great Gracie Chase and a HUGE Giveaway!

Welcome to Day 2 of our study of
Point of View and Perspective!

One thing I like to do when I do a read aloud is to have the students sketch out the story as I read.  I use picture books that have a lot of details or great use of visualization.  I do not show the pictures to the kids as I read, and insted have them draw what they "see" as I am reading.  Before reading I pre-select 8 good stopping points in the story.  I read until I come to a stopping point and then give them 2-3 minutes to draw about what I just read.  They must draw for the entire time, adding as much detail as they can remember.  It helps hold them accountable for paying attention while I am reading, and it gives them a visual reminder of the story to refer to when writing about the book.

This is how I started my lesson for The Great Gracie Chase.
Cynthia Rylant is one of my favorite authors and I just l♥ve this book!

I read it aloud and had the kids draw.  Here are some of their interpretations...





Next they had to rewrite the story, telling it from Gracie's point of view instead of the narrator's.
These are some of my favorites.
You can get your own copy of the writing prompt below.



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4 comments :

  1. What a FABULOUS idea! I am doing this tomorrow during my literacy block! Thank you, thank you!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  2. I love this story! It doesn't give you option to download the writing promo :(. Can it be emailed?
    Thanks! mrsruffin924@gmail.com

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  3. I love this book too. I came across it by accident almost when I was working on writing units for my Cynthia Rylant author study. I used it with a tutoring student after I finished my unit, and she loved it. I then used it as a writing mentor text with my 4/5 kids too. It's perfect for story writing to model plot development. Good luck with your giveaway. I'm sorry I never heard you were doing it. I would have contributed toward it. (but maybe I'll win instead this time. :-)

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  4. Since the download doesn't include the blank sheet, could I have it emailed too? Thanks.
    ugamler@boyertownasd.org

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