Friday, July 6, 2012

Fiction Friday - Straight to the Pole

It's Fiction Friday!  Link up at The Teaching Thief, and add your suggestions for great fiction books to read in your classroom:

When teaching about Voice in writing I've found great success with the book Straight to the Pole by Kevin O'Malley.  Since we're famous for our snowstorms here in Wisconsin, the children really relate to the struggles the main character faces in this book.  There is even a surprise ending!
After reading the book we create an anchor chart about all of the examples of Voice in the story.  Some of the things we list are:  humor, larger and smaller letters, the use of ellipses (.....), as well as the surprise ending.  I found the easy lesson for using this book in here:

In this book you will find suggestions for teaching the six traits with great mentor texts that your students will love!


  1. I have that Using Picture Books book but I didn't take it out last year! I'll have to find it for this year; thanks for the reminder. :)

    Marvelous Multiagers!

    1. Thanks for the message and stopping by my blog Jill! I have often checked out your blog and found great ideas there!

  2. Hi Jane! Straight to the Pole is new to me, so thanks for sharing. It reminds me of Brave Irene, another one of my favorite picture books. I will definitely be checking it out. Thanks for linking up!!

    The Teaching Thief