Saturday, March 30, 2013

Must Read Mentor Text Linky #1

This is a fun linky for a lazy Saturday!  We’ve been enjoying our freedom since yesterday and it is so nice to take it easy!  The girls at Collaboration Cuties are hosting a linky for the next 4 weeks to showcase great Mentor Text across subject areas.  This week is Literary Mentor Text and we’ve chosen to share a book/acvitity we did for Opinion Writing.

Opinion Writing was new for us in 1st grade this year.  We searched for strong texts to use as models to teach our kiddos about this form of writing.  One great book we found was A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech.  If you are not familiar with this book, it is a story about a principal who loves his school, teachers and students so much, he wants them to be at school more often.  He instates school on weekends, holidays, and summers.  One girls shares with him about how going to school is keeping her away from other important things.  He is about to make another anouncement and the kids get worried about when else he will make them come to school.  This is the point we stop reading and have our kiddos record their opinion about what the principal should do….most kiddos think the principal should stop making the kids go to school so much.

Here is the organizer to use with your kiddos so they can state their opinion.

Hope you have a chance to check out this book and enjoy it with your class!


  1. This sounds like a great book to use with any grade level! Awesome! Thank you!
    ideas by jivey

  2. Thank you for linking up!!!! Yay!!!!

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! I just read it a few weeks ago to my 4th graders and then told them that our principal was insisting that we start having school on Saturdays to get ready for the big state test. Then, I had them write a letter to her explaining why that was NOT the best plan (or they could say they wanted to come to school on Saturday, but none of them picked that, of course!)

    My one word for the book would be FINE! (haha, I'm just being pun-y) ;O)

    I hope you'll link up more great books!!
    Collaboration Cuties

    1. We love you idea of having the kids write a letter to support not going to school on Saturday! We thought about putting "Fine" as our last word, but the book is much better than fine! ;)

  3. I've read this book before, but didn't use it for opinion writing! What a super idea! Thanks for sharing those freebies.

  4. I am late joining the linky, but I am so excited to see both of you on here!! YAY! Love this book reference! Adding it to my Amazon wish list!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

    1. Great to "see" you again too! Book lists just get longer and longer and longer; don't they!?!

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