Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Making Connections with Your Books

Focusing on an author and reading several of his or her books is a great way for kids to get into books. They start to get a taste of a style, and they can use their previous information to help them with the new.

It's automatic now.

When I pick up a Kevin Henkes' book, you can hear it, "I bet it has mice as characters," "I think the characters will be young," "The title will be the character's name."

How do they get good with that? I ask them to reflect after we read. I ask pointedly, "How is this like the others we've read?" and we chart it.

They love "knowing" what is coming, and look forward to this next, new installment.

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