- Boy Hook
- Character Development
- Fantasy Writing
- Grades 3-5
- Grades PreK-2
- Graphic Novel
- HIstorical Fiction
- Informational Writing
- Inspiring Writers
- Narrative Writing
- Opinion Writing
- Personal Narrative
- Procedural Writing
- Realistic Fiction
- Search for and Use Information
- Small Moment
- Strong Endings
- Strong Female
- Strong Lead
Sunday, May 24, 2015
By Pam Munoz Ryan
Illustrated by Craig Brown
How Do You Raise a Raisin? is a great model for a narrative informational text.
Pam Munoz Ryan provides a creative example of informational writing for young writers.
She introduces the information about different aspects of a raisin by asking questions framed in a fun, rhyming poem. Then, on the same page, she provides the answers to the questions-in-the-poem in an interesting, easy to read text.
An example of this unique informational text:
Poem at the top of the page:
“So, who discovered raisins?
Were they here when Earth began?
Who was the first to nibble them—dinosaur or man?”
Answer at the bottom of the page:(Great illustration in between!)
“Raisins were probably discovered when someone
or someTHING tasted grapes that had dried on
the vine. Over the years people and animals
figured out which grapes produced the sweetest,
The book continues in this way, with every turn of the page presenting a new poem asking a question about raisins.
The last few pages, a narrative timeline is presented telling readers what is known about the history of the raisin.
Suggested Uses as a Mentor Text:
Book Genre: Informational (Narrative)
Reading Workshop strategies: Inferring, Questioning, Search and Use Information
Writing Workshop genre: Informational (Narrative), Strong Lead
Curricular Themes: Health/Food Groups
Bio on Pam Munoz Ryan:http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/contributor/pam-munoz-ryan-1