Monday, August 3, 2015

Books in the Classroom with Yvonne: Luna Luna by Sam Ryan

Luna Luna
By: Sam Ryan

Love…Love…Love this book! Luna Luna is my new mentor text for teaching small moment personal narrative writing. The message of never giving up is dominate throughout the book. Roshi is a little boy on a mission (with an unknown friend if the reader reads the illustrations closely) to capture the moon. His perseverance and problem-solving has every reader cheering him on. The surprise ending is sure to leave you adoring Roshi even more.
When teaching reading this book can be used for:

  • Envisioning
  • Predicting
  • Character traits
  •  Vocabulary development (beckoned, gurgled, trickling, plunged, etc.)
When teaching students how to develop and enhance small moment personal narrative stories use this book for:
  • Planning a small moment story with a beginning, middle and end
  • Adding voice without using dialogue
  • Producing an effect by using punctuation (… , --)
  • Repeated word usage for dramatic effect
  • Adjectives to help with envisioning (ie. twisted stump)
  • Word endings (-ly, -ed, -ing) 
  • Verb usage (see above)

Finally the page layout is a perfect example for students to follow when writing and creating their own stories. The water colored illustrations are wonderful for showcasing the moon and nighttime. This is definitely a book that every teacher of personal narrative writing should have in their classroom. 5 stars.

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