Eloise by Kay Thompson
Book Synopsis: The story of a girl who lives in the Plaza Hotel in New York.
Instructional Focus: (Numbers are for the Virginia Standards of Learning, generally Reading/English)
Reading: character (1.9F, 2.8E, 3.5D, 4.5B, 5.5B) Writing: Voice (4.7I,5.7F) PUNCTUATION Sequencing (K9f, 1,9G, 2.8h, 3.5f, 4.5k, 5.5l)
Creating the Costume: The only thing I actually needed to make for this costume was the bow for my hair. The only thing I needed to purchase was suspenders. (Is it strange that I already owned knee high white socks? I swear they were just for when I wore boots!) I wore black workout capris under the skirt so that I could sit on the floor while I read.
Delivery: This is a very long book with very little punctuation. That’s one technique the author uses to create a unique character’s voice. That makes it a little of a challenge to read aloud, but very fun. I chose to skip a few parts when I read it aloud and used A LOT of animation while reading. My students and I had a discussion about character voice as well as how hard it was to read at times because of the lack of punctuation. Then the students punctuated parts of the story so there were not as many run on sentences. (Don’t get me wrong, I know that Kay Thompson did not punctuate on purpose and that it does help create her character, but it was a good activity for my students to do to help their own writing and see why punctuation is so important.)