Four-Minute Video on the Teaching Applications of Zetta Elliott’s Original Fantasy
by Tatiana Florival
“One of the reasons I chose to read this book is when I saw the cover. I saw an African American young boy….I think it’s such a great book for representation and showing that everybody can experience magic and creatures and dragons.” —Juan Gonzalez Jr.
Juan Gonzalez Jr. from Lobit Elementary School in Dickinson, Texas, loves the way Dragons in a Bag hooks his fourth grade students right away with a mystery in the title. Immediately, students were wondering, “What dragons!? And how are they in a bag?!” and couldn’t stop turning the pages!
Watch Juan’s Scholastic Book Clubs–exclusive teacher review video to discover how you can use Dragons in a Bag with your class to:
• Practice descriptive writing using Dragons in a Bag as a mentor text
• Open conversations about intentionality and other social-emotional lessons
• Make text-to-world connections by identifying nonfictional story elements
Plus discover how Juan puts his students’ art skills to use in a lesson on descriptive language by asking them to create graphic novel–style illustrations based on descriptions in the book!
What creative ways will you use Dragons in a Bag with your students? Please share with us and other Scholastic Book Clubs teachers on Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
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