Mentor Text and Teacher Appreciation Sale this Week!

So I've managed to get a ton of things Squared Away on this beautiful Sunday, and I'm linking up with Stacie and Amanda.. those super helpful, AWESOME Collaboration Cuties to share a Mentor Text for Language Arts.

Have you read
Twilight Comes Twice by Ralph Fletcher?  It is actually a free verse poem that has been recreated in book form.
I use this book in my classroom to teach or review Personification.  The poem talks about twilight at night, creeping over the town as a young girl walks with ther dog.  Beautiful working like "Dusk pours the syrup of darkness over the forest.."  just amazing words. It then picks up again when dawn enters, and shows how the sleepy town wakes up.  The pictures I believe are oil painting.
I love the personification in this poetry.  I don't really do anything mighty special with it.  I have my smarties use their Reader's Notebooks, and separate the page into Dusk and Dawn.  <sorry no pictures>
They find an example of personification, write it, then write the meanng.  Usually I use this book when I review before the assessment.  My Smarties spend about 10-12 minutes in a task rotation with books that review figurative language.  They always love Twilight Comes Twice.   It really makes them think!

On another note:  I'm having a sale on MAY 7 & 8th at my  Teacher's Pay Teachers Store.  Everything will be 20% off.  Plus TpT is giving another 10% on top of that which is a 28% savings for you!
I've posted a few new products recently:  A Mother or Father's Day Lapbook Writing Project
 Students can write a friendly letter to their parent, fill out an "All About" style  printable.. and apply compare/contrast, figuartive language, and symbolism within the project.
A second project I've been working on is a Student Survival Kit.  Basically the students  you have now complete this writing lapbook project, and then you can put in on your desks for Back to School next year.  Again, students write friendly letters, do compare/contrast, practice figurative language etc.  while giving new students tips on how to have a successful school year.  I have included additional pages which would allow you to use this at the beginning of the school year as a Getting to Know you activity, or have students write to their parent for Open House, and leave them out.

I also have a ton of other Math and ELA products, stop by and take a look!  You can fill up your cart and then wait to check out on Tuesday or Wednesday.  This avoids computer issues on the site.  JUST DON"T FORGET THE SPECIAL CODE FOR THE EXTRA 10%!  TAD13!

And stop by and see those Collaboration Cuties and link up a Mentor Text!


  1. Hi Michele! What a great mentor text! This is one that I'll definitely be adding to my book list! I'm your newest follower!

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  2. What a beautiful book! I love it and it's perfect for personification. I have never used it for this purpose but this is a fabulous idea! I will definitely use it for that next time. Thanks!
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  3. Thanks so much for sharing how you use this text! Ralph Fletcher is wonderful!

    Have a great week--
    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  4. I love any books that have to do with personification, so I am so glad to see this is one! I've seen this book but I don't think I've ever read it!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Collaboration Cuties


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