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Kalamis Maduro This humorous text is written for students between kindergarten and third grade. The text, The Old Woman Who Named Things written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Kathryn Brown, is also enjoyed by adults of all ages. I selected this text for third grade students at my school. This text can be associated to any friendship unit. This depiction of realistic fiction offers for students a different outlook for objects that surround them every day.
This text engages students in conversation about friendships and the importance of different items. Throughout the text the pictures also expose students to a different setting than what they are familiar with. The text offers a wide range of vocabulary that provides scaffolding opportunities for teachers.
Summary:
In The Old Woman Who Named Things written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Kathryn Brown the old woman names objects around her because she is lonely and has outlived all of her friends. In fear of outliving anyone or anything else she names her personal possessions that she is confident will outlive her. Her car, Betsy…favorite chair, Fred… her bed, Roxanne… and her house, Franklin are all in good shape and she is sure that they are going to outlive her.
But then she meets a friend… a puppy comes to her gate. Over the course of several weeks she grows found of the puppy but she refuses to name him. She also after feeding him sends him away day after day.
As a pet lover could you have a dog as a pet and not name your pet? Do you think the old lady will name the puppy? Will she every let him stay? Do you think the old lady will outlive the puppy? Or…will the puppy outlive her? This and many interesting discoveries are in this cute little text.


message 2: by J (new) - rated it 5 stars

J Kalamis wrote: "This humorous text is written for students between kindergarten and third grade. The text, The Old Woman Who Named Things written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Kathryn Brown, is also enjoyed..."

A great journal entry can be to write about an object they treasure the most or write about a memory that a special somebody brings to mind.


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