04 Jun It’s Monday! We Are Reading About a Misunderstood Shark #IMWAYR
If you have an opportunity to read this book to your class or to some children over the summer, you will be so happy you did. This book is laugh-out-loud funny and watching children’s reactions is priceless. When the kids stop laughing, they have so much to say: Is this shark telling the truth? What does the title Misunderstood Shark really mean? What is the role of the jellyfish? The opportunities to discuss point of view, character development and the deeper meanings behind the title are limitless.
Misunderstood Shark is also a powerful mentor text for writing instruction. Students study the moves Ame makes as she weaves deep meaning and playfulness together throughout the book. We love that this book crosses genre boundaries. No matter what genre students are writing, they can see ways to embed factual details, ways to write compelling dialogue, how to integrate text and illustrations, and ideas for infusing humor into their writing. This is a book we will bring out again and again during many writing units of study.
Thank you, Ame! Misunderstood Shark is filled with opportunities to laugh, to think, and to learn. Our copy of Misunderstood Shark is going in our Fact Meets Fiction Book Basket. Tune in on Thursday to learn about some other titles in that basket.
Now it is time to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway – Tina Malley is the winner of a copy of Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems about Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Charles Waters and Irene Latham. Congratulations!!