Won’t You Write Me a Letter?
Writing can be tricky. Sometimes, we could all use a little encouragement…maybe even from our favorite author?
Play the Book Boys’ new music video inspired by Dear Mr. Henshaw, written by Beverly Cleary and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky, during a brain break to get your students excited to dive into the novel. Allister, Elliott, and Max tell the story of Leigh Botts and his correspondence with his favorite author, Boyd Henshaw.
Brain breaks are a great way to help students refocus between lessons or after recess or lunch. And this music video is perfect for introducing students to a Newbery Medal–winning story that they’re sure to love.
1. Introduce your students to Dear Mr. Henshaw and ask them to brainstorm what they think the story might be about.
2. Share the Book Boys’ music video during a brain break between lessons.
3. After reading the beginning, ask your students to make new predictions about the story. You can also ask them to imagine who their dream penpal author would be.
We’d love to hear about your students’ dream penpals! If you’re able, please share with the Scholastic Book Clubs community on Facebook and Instagram. Please use the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
Allister, Elliott, and Max are three friends who work at Scholastic Book Clubs and love books—and they want to share the joy of reading with your students! New this school year: every week, you can watch the Book Boys performing a brand-new fun, educational, and engaging song and Brain Break activity to get students excited about the Book of the Week. Play the Book Boys videos in your classroom (or at home) to help your students connect to the story and explore the exciting world of reading.
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