On this beautiful spring day here in Ohio I am linking up with the Collaboration Cuties for their awesome mentor text linky!
The story follows a young farm girl who discovers a runaway slave hiding in the bark. Her facial expressions show her startled and frightened reaction. The pages boldly display her internal struggle with whether to help the slave or not.
I use this book in SO many ways in my classroom.
With our fourth grade Social Studies curriculum it is perfect to tie it in to when we begin talking about the Underground Railroad and Civil War.
AND it is so easy to practice so many ELA concepts.
The book is written with zero words, just pictures. Here’s how I use it:
My students sit around me in a circle. First, we look at the cover and make predictions as to what the book may be about. We predict who the girl is, we make inferences as to what her facial expression and body language tell us, and we make connections to what we know in the picture.
Then, we do a quick walk through. We look through the pages together, and students jot down what they think is happening in their writing spirals.
Next, we go through the book again. This time, on each page we pause and share 3 things:
1.) What we can infer is happening.
2.) What we think will happen next.
3.) What connections we can make to how she is feeling or what she is going through.
It is a wonderful, and truly moving experience with my students each year. I encourage you to try it out and let me know what you think! 🙂
There is power in words, but there is a true power to the words our students can put to such moving pictures!