Sunday, October 6, 2013

Jack the Tripper-Mentor Text

Sunday means it is time to link up with Collaboration Cuties for their linky:
This week's topic is Language Arts. The book I want to share with you is one I like to read around this time of year.

Jack the Tripper  by Gene Barretta is about a villain that is tripping students. The students from Dizzle Day Elementary School keep having awful things happen to them each day by "Jack the Tripper"...until it is discovered that they have been lying to their teacher. The end of the story has a real "villain" show up...just when your kids think they have figured out the story.

Since I teach at a private school, we can't celebrate Halloween. This book, however, is a great not-so-spooky book that I can get away with using that fits this time of year. Each year I use it for different things, some years I have used it for predicting, other years for synthesizing, or for inferring. It has a nice basic story line that lends itself to all of those skills.

What are some of your favorite Language Arts mentor texts to use this time of year?


  1. This book looks really cool! I'll have to look into it because we are having LOTS of issues with honesty in our room. Serious issues.... Do you think it will help with that?

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  2. This looks very cute! I have never seen this book!! I will definitely have to check it out! I have no idea how I'll get all of these fun fall books in because I want to read them all!!
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  3. I've never seen this book before. Thanks for the intro. I'm currently reading a book that is trying to pin the Ripper murders on Dracula. Imagine.

  4. That seems like a really cool book- I love how the cover looks just like Peter Pan, so even the illustrations must be tricky!

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  5. Thanks for this suggestion. I can teach Halloween but two of my students have serious issues with anything remotely scary - even jack o lanterns and cute ghost clip art - so I really appreciate this book suggestion. Have a great week!!

  6. Thank you for the suggestion. I love a surprise ending, and so do my students.

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  7. I will have to check this book out. I could have used this book last year. Can you believe that my biggest fibber had a name that meant "honest"?
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  8. Bethany, this book looks adorable! Thanks for sharing! I'll be teaching inferences in the next couple weeks and this will be great!
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