The Storyteller’s Project/Proyecto del Cuentista Lesson #4

I realize it has been awhile since I have written a post, let alone shared another lesson in The Storyteller’s Project.  Rest assured that we have been working on this project throughout the year and I had the opportunity to share with educators from around the state of Maryland at SoMIRAC two weeks ago.

In the fourth lesson, we explored our given names and what they meant to each individual.  As always, we reviewed the mentor texts (The Matchbox Diary, My Name is Jorge: On Both Sides of the River, and Six Words Fresh Off the Boat: Stories of Immigration, Identity, and Coming to America) we had previously used and the theme of collections first.  We also reviewed the meaning of “memoir.”

Then, I read aloud the vignette, “Name” from The House on Mango Street.  After a brief reflection on how the narrator felt about her name, students wrote their own reflections on what their names meant to them.  I then gave every 5th grader their own copy of The House on Mango Street. This was one of three books that I was able to purchase for our students through the grant I received.  I used the grant money to purchase books through First Book.  I’m thankful that through the SoMIRAC grant and First Book, I have been able to give our students three books of their own!

Student reflection on her name
Students show off their new book, The House on Mango Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April is Poetry Month: Celebrate with These Titles

April is Poetry Month.  Take some time to celebrate with your students with a few of these titles.

Publisher: Harper Collins

Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield and illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Published: January 26, 2016)


This is the picture book version of a poem that was originally published in a collection of poems, Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems in 1978.  This is a wonderful mentor text for listening to poetry read aloud, listening for the rhythm and rhyme in the poem.  Teachers may want to use it as a mentor text for developing a writing piece based on “little moments” or as a personal narrative/memoir type writing piece.

 

In the Land of Words: New and Selected Poems by Eloise Greenfield and illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Published: January 26, 2016)


“The words can come from a memory, or a dream, or something I see or hear or wonder about or imagine. . . ” states Greenfield in her author’s note.  In this collection of poems, she celebrates the written word and invites readers to look within themselves and discover what inspires them.  A wonderful mentor to help students develop their own ideas through the written word and specifically through the genre of poetry.

 

My Chinatown: One Year in Poems by Kam Mak (Published: January 5, 2016)

In My Chinatown: One Year in Poems, the author explores a boy’s first year in the United States, after emigrating from China, as he grows to love his new home in Chinatown.  Through beautiful paintings, and sparse text, Kam Mak pays homage to family, culture, and a childhood spent in Chinatown.  This is a perfect mentor for many of our students in the United States today as they emigrate from their home countries and try to understand and live within an American culture, while not forgetting their own heritage.

This Is the Earth by Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander, illustrated by Wendell Minor (Published: February 23, 2016)


This Is the Earth takes readers on a journey through hundreds of years as it explores how humans have affected the environment and shows the ways in which we can all care for the planet.  Wendell Minor’s beautiful paintings and the authors’ spare, rhyming verse work beautifully together.  This is a perfect poem to read aloud on Earth Day.

 

Disclaimer: I received these books from the publisher for review.

©2016 by Dawn Little for My Learning Life. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.