102. How Have I Grown? by Mary Reid
Topics: kindergarten, growing up, babies, sharing
Units of Study: Authoring an Independent Reading Life, (This could be used during the editing process of any unit of study.)
Tribes: mutual respect, attentive listening
Writing Skills: using past tense
My Thoughts: I almost dismissed this book as being too young to be used in a fourth grade classroom. Though I probably wouldn’t read it aloud to the entire class, I would read it to a small group of writers who struggle with past tense. When the main character is looking back to her life as a baby and as a “little kid”, she uses only past tense verbs: “I wore diapers. I took two naps…Sometimes I had a hard time.” When she reflects on her current behavior she uses present tense verbs: “I can make up stories! I can listen to my friends tell stories, too.” This book has inspired me to dig deep into the libraries of my lower-grade colleagues to search for more grammar read alouds.