Monday, November 3, 2008

Night in the Country by Cynthia Rylant

What are the sounds you hear on a dark, quiet country night? The nightime world awakens as the people in the country sleep. Listen carefully, you might miss something. Sensory Details This book uses sensory details to make you feel like you are actually in the country. Lesson Idea: Read aloud the text and model for students how to find the various sensory details the author uses to make the story "come to life." Create a chart (large enough for everyone to see) with various senses (hearing, seeing, smelling, etc.) and boxes to note the text. As you read aloud the text, stop when you come to details that make you use your senses. Write in the box for the correct sense the text that made you use that sense. Students can use the chart as a resource for their own writing.