"Take a breath
and dive right in.
Flow and rhythm
will vary like your setences
Revise your characters to
Sing with their thoughts and actions.
Expand on your ideas
Extend them as a series of three.
Stand up for your draft,
"I definitely think these classes, along with that ability to create a lesson that allows for choice in their writing and revision, is a great place to "borrow" stuff ;) And I like the idea of "revising" your teaching as you…"
"I think this is a great book to get some discussion going within the classroom on issues of race. I wonder if you could bring other media, videos, or some sort of realia to help aid in some of the discussion as well as to provide background to those…"
"Out of curiousity, did you create a vocabulary word wall based off the words in the text? You could also use a thesaurus to find different words to use, especially the strong action verbs as a way to work on word choice, especially those juicy words…"
"I haven't read the book A Spider and a Fly but it does sound like it could lead to a lot of creative writing assignments. This lesson could be expanded to a classroom book. After having the students write their creative stories they could then…"
"I find it interesting that all of your examples are still in the "animal" family (I'll assume that this is for elementary level) but you could include other examples of more human predators- i.e. kidnappers, villains in comic books,…"
Here you go!Mentor Text: The Spider and the FlyThe Spider and the Fly is based on a poem by Mary Howitt published in 1829 and beautifully illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi. This story centers on an innocent fly that happens by an old attic. The attic resident, a very slick and persuasive spider, tries to convince the fly to stay the night and partake in a possible “dinner” rendezvous. This is a great story that illustrates voice and persuasion, as well as identifiable characters that reflect a…See More