by Holly Keller
Mouse, Hedgehog, Rabbit, Squirrel and Snake are friends, until one day it all changes when some gossip suggests that Snake is dangerous, especially to mice. The story looks at what it takes to be and stay friends.
Writing Skill 6: I choose the tone and point of view that suit my writing purpose.
(2) Invite student predictions for a story that includes these three characters.
(4) Introduce the title and author of the text without showing the cover illustration, and then begin reading.
(5) Invite “turning and talking to a partner” interaction as you read the book aloud, encouraging students to identify characters and quotations, make inferences about the characters and plot and make predictions about how to solve the problem.
(6) It is important to use the practice of “chunking the text” throughout the reading to ensure all students’ active participation in this partner talk and to build an understanding of the kind of thinking that will support them in becoming strategic readers.
(7) Guide reflection at the end with questions such as
- How did Mouse’s character change from the beginning to the end of the story?
- How is this story of friendship like our class? Our school community?
- Is the author trying to tell us something with this story?
- What big idea is at the heart of this story?
(8) Have students use Characterization…Writing in Role to reflect on Snake and interpret his thinking during the rescue of Mouse.