Tips, Titles and Tools for Teachers

Instructional Resources for Literature

Happy First Day of Spring!

In this week's newsletter, I am including resources for reading workshop with a focus on literature. I have some new book titles to share, as well as blog posts and resources. Enjoy!

I am already working on a collection of poetry resources to kick off National Poetry Month next Friday!

Happy Reading,


A Must Read for All Grades!

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Snappsy The Alligator Did Not Ask to Be in This Book is a new title from Maine author Julie Falatko. It's a must read for all ages!

In the primary grades, Snappsy is the perfect introduction to narration. The text is designed around a snarky conversation between the narrator and the main character (Snappsy). So much fun! Snappsy would be a fun mentor text in writing workshop, too!

In the upper grades, I would use Snappsy to have students analyze the role of the narrator, especially when (s)he is unreliable!

Here's a great blog post from the author, illustrator and editor about the creation of this incredible book!

I have a copy of Snappsy that I am more than willing to share with any classroom! I highly recommend it!

Check out a fun book trailer about Snappsy:

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Blog Posts and Resources for Reading Workshop

Digital Resources

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Thank you to Karen Mayo for sharing Storyline Online at our book talk last week at WES! This website has great picture books read aloud by famous actors. Check it out!

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Thank you to Brynn for sharing this great search engine! If you are doing research with your students, try using Kiddle instead of a Google search. As Brynn was exploring this site for resources for her second graders, she found video clips and articles (some were even read aloud!). I know we often struggle with allowing students to appropriately search on their iPads, I think Kiddle is a great site to explore!

First Person vs Third Person Narration

A neat idea for helping students to think deeply about the impact of first person vs third person narration might be to read aloud two books on the same topic with different narration. For example, you could read your class I Am Rosa Parks, which is told in first person, and compare it to Rosa, which is told in third person. The biographies in the Ordinary People Change the World series by Brad Meltzer would be perfect for a narration comparison!
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Primary Book Recommendations

New Middle Grade Novels for Read Aloud

Shelly Moody

Instructional Coach, K-5

Atwood Primary School

Williams Elementary School