Book Talk Thursday ~ Back of the Bus

Good morning!  I hope you are staying warm today!  Here in Virginia it has been so snowy, and now it is frigid!  I am trying to stay warm here in my house.

Today for Book Talk Thursday I am featuring a book that is great for making predictions and for working with Black History Month: Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds.
I love how the story of Rosa Parks is told through the eyes of a young boy who is sitting in the back of the bus.  Just by looking at the cover, kids will be able to make some predictions about the young boy and his marble.  Since many students have some idea of Rosa Parks, they will also be able to think about their own thoughts on the subject and use them for making predictions.

In the book, a young boy and his mother are riding on the back of the bus as people move back on the bus.  He plays with his marble throughout the story, even sending it up to Rosa Parks who is in the front of the bus.  Hearing the story through his eyes will make children think about the events of that day.

Since the students know so much of the story, predictions will be easy for them.  Before reading the book, I would give the students the following list of words from the book to use to write a "summary" or prediction.  After reading the story, we will compare our predictions to the actual story.
The activity, Story Impressions, can easily be done with any book.  All you do is choose several important words from the story.  Share them with children.  They write a prediction or summary of the book with those words and share their predictions. After reading the book, students share whether their predictions were correct or not.

So, today, I invite you to link up again.  It can be any book at all, but I challenge you to come up with a story impression for your book.  I can't wait to see what you share!

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