Book for first day of school

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  1. MrsCAD

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    I teach 7th/8th grade LA and I am looking for a book or two that I could use the first day or two of school. I would like to read it to the kids (so no big chapter book) and then have them do some sort of mini writing with it. Any ideas?
     
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  3. Lynn K.

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    The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris van Allsburg is great for writing. I usually only show the students one or two of the pictures and let them write the stories. But the mystery that is the introduction is excellent.

    Another picture book I like to use for writing is The Stranger, also by van Allsburg. I read it to the kids and them have them discuss with partners or small groups who the strager is. They work together to create a short paragraph that fills in the mysteries left at the end of the story.
     
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    I got this idea from another poster, but I think it's great.

    Read How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague (picture book about a boy that tells all these creative lies about what he did over the summer).

    Have students create a writing piece about their summer vacation. The piece cannot include any true statements about their vacation. Encourage them to be as creative as possible while still being appropriate.
     
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    I have taught 7th LA for 4 years. I begin each year with Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco. Then I do a pre-write assessment the next day. I have the students write and demonstrate their knowledge of the writing process so I can see where they stand. The prompt is to write about a time that a teacher impacted your life (they can decide if that impact is positive or negative).

    I am thinking this year of doing a different book though. Maybe I'll do something different each class period. I would love to read Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Where the Wild Things Are, but I don't know what writing prompts to use yet. I'm so excited for those movies!
     
  6. LoVe 2 TcH

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    I really like your idea!!!
     

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