Sunday, October 6, 2013

Mentor Text 10.6.13

Today we are linking up with Collaboration Cuties for the Mentor Text Linky!  This week the theme is Language Arts.  Today we are sharing one of our favorite books, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day!  In this book, Alexander has a really bad day.  The book goes through all the terrible things that happen and show Alexander looking pretty pitiful.  The students love seeing what is going to happen next.  They also enjoy this book because they can relate to a lot of the things that happen to Alexander.  

We use this book to teach writing about mini events in a sequential order.  About this time of year we start using booklets rather than single sheets of writing paper.  Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day allows us to show our students that they can write about a couple of mini events; 1 on each page, while using transition words and details about what is happening on each page. 

To get our kiddos ready for their booklet titled "My Bad Day," we use laminated paper squares with arrows in between (see pictures below) so students can "plan" their story kinesthetically prior to using paper and pencil.  They think about 3 "bad things" that happened to them on their worst day.  Each time they step on a square they say one of those events.  

The example I used to demonstrate went like this:
"I had a bad day.  
FIRST (green square) I woke up late.  
THEN (yellow square) I spilled coffee all over the floor.  
LAST (red square) I was late for work. 
I hope I don't have another bad day."

Here are a few pictures:

An {almost} finished "My Bad Day" booklet...

Have a SUPER Sunday!


  1. This is a great idea, and it is something some of my kiddos still need to remember too. Thanks for sharing how you use such a great book.

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  2. I love this book! It is a great read aloud for all ages. I'm sure your students have fun making their own versions.

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    1. It is a very cute book! They love recreating stories that they love!

  3. Those story sequence squares are such a great idea- and so simple for me to implement this week- thanks for the idea! I would love to read their own versions of a bad day!
    Aylin :)
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    1. Yes, so simple! You're kids will enjoy them!

  4. Great book and a great idea! Thanks for sharing. This book is an oldie, but goodie! The kids can really connect to it.
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  5. This is a great book for all grade levels! I love the rectangles on the floor to help them sequence their ideas! Very fun and helpful!

    Thanks for linking up girls!
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