Teachers for Teachers | It’s Monday! We Are Reading About a Misunderstood Shark #IMWAYR
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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!!






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    Katie @ The Logonauts
    Posted at 15:11h, 04 June Reply

    Sounds awesome! I love the ideas for using this in the classroom too. Definitely one I will be checking out, thanks!

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    Linda Baie
    Posted at 16:13h, 04 June Reply

    Just put a hold on this one! It sounds both fun and informative. We go to the beach every summer, so it will be a great one to read before the trip! Thanks!

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    Jane @ Raincity Librarian
    Posted at 16:32h, 04 June Reply

    Ame Dyckman’s books are always winners!

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    Jana Eschner
    Posted at 18:42h, 04 June Reply

    Misunderstood Shark is so much fun! Bob reminds me of Les Nessman from WKRP in Cincinnati! Very cute book. Have a great week!

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    Shaye Miller
    Posted at 19:00h, 04 June Reply

    Just added Misunderstood Shark to my TBR list and checked all our local libraries to see if anyone had a copy, yet. Nope! But I”m very excited to see this one. And I love your ideas of how to use it. Thanks so much for sharing and have a wonderful reading week!

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    Lisa Maucione
    Posted at 20:36h, 04 June Reply

    Kids who I have shared this book with have loved it! I didn’t even think about it as a mentor text. A Fact Meets Fiction basket is a good idea.

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    Posted at 23:51h, 04 June Reply

    I cannot wait to read this one! I love Dyckman’s books–always so good!

    Happy reading this week 🙂

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    Michele Knott
    Posted at 16:57h, 06 June Reply

    Love this book! I read it to several classes already! And like you said, there are many opportunities to talk about this book in more depth 🙂

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    Myra from GatheringBooks
    Posted at 22:22h, 07 June Reply

    Any book that can cleverly interweave factual details with compelling story is definitely a must-find. Thanks for sharing this.

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