My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I use The Important Book as a springboard for my students to write. I have been doing that for years.
Today I looked for that book on my bookshelf and could not find it. I am certain it is at home and not at school. I then thought to check the school library. The school does not have it, but it does have this book, which I never knew existed until today.
I went down and checked out the book. While the book does not really fit for the writing project I use the other book for, Another Important Book is the perfect book to complement another writing project I complete with my students.
We read the story Eleven by Sandra Cisneros. I read up through the where Rachel gets the sweater placed on her desk. We then use this as a speculative prompt. Students write two failed attempts of trying to get rid of the sweater and one successful attempt. Once the students have their say, we return to the story and I read how Cisneros solved the problem.
One of the things I have learned over the years using this story is that students struggle with the idea that when you turn 11, you also have all the emotions from when you were 10, 9, 8, etc. For some reason, some students don’t quite understand that. Cisneros illustrates the point with when you are scared, that’s like when you were five.
Well, enter Another Important Day. This book, written for younger children, simply highlights what is important about being 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. I was able to successfully take the students up to being 11 and that they still have those important things from when they were younger. I will use this from now on to teach that concept.
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