Sunday, March 3, 2013

Mentor Text: The Quiet Place

The Quiet Place
Written by Sarah Stewart and Illustrated by David Small
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books, 2012
 Here is a wonderful mentor text entitled The Quiet Place that was published in September 2012 by the husband and wife duo of Sarah Stewart and David Small. Their previous collaborations include:
Here are just a few ideas for how to use The Quiet Place for teaching:
  •  Character who writes
  • Text is presented in a letter format
  • Compare and contrast with The Gardener
  • Inference: think about what the aunt's responses would be
  • Main character - immigrant from Mexico
  • Life Change - How is it dealt with?
  • Writing traits: 
    • voice
    • presentation 
Bonus Link:
Here is a link to a interview with David Small and Sarah Stewart from Reading Rockets. You can also read the transcript for the interview via Reading Rocket's website.  

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