Today I want to share another one of my favorite authors; Chris Van Allsburg. He is well known by my students for writing The Polar Express, and Jumanji but most of my students don't know his other work. I enjoy all of his books, so much so that we use most of them throughout the year in Reading Workshop. The Stranger and The Sweetest Fig are probably my two favorite.
I use them both to teach synthesizing, questioning, and inferences. Both of the stories are great for these skills. The start of making you ask questions, and then make you change your mind as you read. This years class loved The Sweetest Fig so much that they started to ask me for it (I keep my mentor texts behind my desk) during reading time so they could reread it.
Who are your go-to authors when you teach synthesizing?Be sure to head over to Collaboration Cuties for more great mentor text ideas!