The Vlog Transcript
Slides 1 and 2: I’m Kate Narita. This is day 2 of my summer 2019 #bookaday challenge, and I have a new favorite book--Front Desk by Kelly Yang. The book is tons of fun to read and it’s well-paced. But that’s not all. It’s honest, has my favorite theme of all time-perseverance, and it emphasizes the importance of inclusion of people of all skin tones in a kid-friendly way. I haven’t been this excited about a novel since last fall when I read The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden.
Slide 4: I will also be using Front Desk in my writer's workshop in various ways. On page 191 the main character of Front Desk talks about revision and says, “It took me two and a half hours and five drafts to write the reference letter.” This is really important because often times kids think they can write something in five minutes and it'll be done or they can just write something once and it'll be done.
Slide 8: But that's not all. You can use the book Front Desk in your writer's workshop to introduce persuasive writing skills because Mia uses her persuasive writing skills to help her friends on pages 190 and 204. So, when we're writing we talk about the importance of an audience, and we can really see here how Mia understands the importance of an audience and who she is writing to, She uses this understanding to make her friends' lives better.
Slide 9: You can also use Front Desk to intorduce small moments. That's a big emphasis in writing today to have kids choose a small moment from their life to write about. On page 219 in the book it's absolutely fantastic because Mia brianstorms a list of small moments that she could write about in her classroom.
Slide 10: All in all, Front Desk is a must-have book for upper elementary classrooms. It's fun, well-paced, has a great theme of perseverance, it emphasizes the need to include all people no matter what their skin tone is, and it's an incredible resource to use when you're teaching writing.
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