Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fall Themed Mentor Text-The Stranger

I love fall, the cool weather, the pumpkin spiced coffee, and the changing color of the leave. Since it is my favorite season, I like to do fall themed things with my kiddos.

One of my favorite books to share with my students is The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg. The story is about a man who was hit by a car and lost his memory. There are a lot of strange things that happen in the book, lots of clues that help us infer who the stranger might be. At the end you discover, although it isn't officially said, that the man is Jack Frost.

This book is new to most of my students. Each year I only have one or two that have heard it before. I love sharing new books with them, and this is one of my favorites. This book is great to use when you are wanting to do a close read of a text. I normally read it to my kiddos to start. Once we discover who the stranger is we go back and read it again. When we read it again we look for the clues that most of us miss when we read it the first time that let us know the stranger is Jack Frost. 

What are your favorite fall books to share with your students? Be sure to head over to Collaboration Cuties for other fall book suggestions!


  1. I've seen this book mentioned a few times as being a great book! I'm putting it in my cart! Thanks so much for linking to!

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  2. All of the Chris Van Allsburg books are excellent, aren't they. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Bethany!
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  3. I love this book! It is perfect for inferences. Of course, it's hard to go wrong with Chris Van Allsburg.

    Have a great week!

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  4. I know this book but have never used it with my students...I might just try it out this year!
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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  5. Bethany, I just discovered this book last year and was really excited to share it with my kiddos! I plan to read it in the next few weeks when we talk about drawing conclusions and making inferences.
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  6. Bethany,

    As always, a great book choice! I love Chris Van Allsburg!

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  7. This is one of my favorite books for fall and for inferring! Great idea to go back and reread to find clues. Chris Van Allsburg is such a great author.

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  8. Love this book too! It's perfect for inferencing! Have you smelled the Autumn candle for Bath & Body Works? You'd love it Bethany!
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  9. Love this book and Allsburg! It's a great book to read again and spot the clues that he was Jack Frost and not just unusual.

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  10. I absolutely love this book, but I have to explain who Jack Frost is to my class every year. It's a good tie in with myths and folklore. I love how Chris van Allsburg always has some twist in his books that you have to figure out.