4-Minute Teacher Review Video on the Big Three Story Elements and the Benefits of Rhyming Texts
by Tatiana Florival
“We read [Bobs and Tweets: The New Dog in Town] through a read-aloud over a few days, and every day they were asking me, ‘Are we gonna read it? I wanna know what happens next!’” —Leana Malinowsky
Leana Malinowsky’s second graders from Minue School in Carteret, New Jersey, could easily relate to the dynamic and endearing community of kids who live on Bonefish Street.
While using Bobs and Tweets: The New Dog in Town by Pepper Springfield, illustrated by Kristy Caldwell, as a read-aloud with her students, Leana homed in on what she calls the big three story elements: character, setting, and plot. Watch her teacher review video to discover how you can use The New Dog in Town to enhance your curriculum!
• Connections to Characters: Leana asks her students to draw text-to-self connections between themselves and the characters of Bonefish Street—specifically, identifying moments when those connections stand out the most.
• Tracking Setting: The New Dog in Town takes place in a variety of settings, which helps capture Leana’s second graders’ attention. Together, the kids make predictions about where future Bobs and Tweets stories will take place.
• Sequence of Events: Even students who sometimes struggle with reading were easily able to track the plot of the Bonefish Street kids’ adventure through the rhyming text. Plus the rhyme scheme encouraged poetry lovers in Leana’s class to write stories with their own rhyming words!
To help facilitate an inclusive class dialogue—and create a learning environment as supportive as the one on Bonefish Street—Leana encouraged her students to track each of these three elements (character, setting, and plot) by using sticky notes on a Google Jamboard. This can be done whether you’re teaching virtually or in person.