Sunday, November 29, 2009

Book of the week: Larger-Than-Life Lara

Dandi Daley Mackall's Larger Than Life Lara would be a great read-aloud for fourth or fith grade.  Laney Grafton narrates the story of how 300-lb Lara Phelps joins her class, and the impact that has on Laney and everyone else.  Each chapter is titled with a different element of writing, such as frozen moment, setting, dialogue, oppostion, and cliffhangers.  This title would be a great tie-in with Writer's Workshop, and the students with sympathize with Lara's stuggle with being teased.  This would also be a great tool for discussing bullying and being different.

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