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Reading and Writing Connection

September 17, 2015

pigA super teacher and friend of mine is currently using the book by Emma J. Virjan, What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig, as a mentor text in reading and writing.
Mrs. Shope is having her third graders engage in creating a story arch anchor chart.
The students are making the reading and writing connection as they use this mentor text to strengthen their reading skills and as they prepare to write narratives.

Some of the reading skills developed in these lessons include:

  • analyzing characters
  • identifying the heart of the story
  • making predictions
  • finding clues in the text or implied clues
  • identifying the problem and solution


Students will then use this understanding of the story arch and character development to write their own narratives.

Story Arch Lesson


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