Reference: Allsburg,. C. V. (1983). The wreck of the Zephyr. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Company.
Brief Annotation: The story starts with a man walking around a village when he comes across a sailboat up in the rocks, far away from the water. Near the sailboat is an old man. The man that comes across the sailboat asks the old man how the sailboat ended up so far from the water. The old man begins to tell the other man the legend of how the boat became land bound.
Grade Level: 3rd– 4th Grade
Readers who would like this book: I think students that were interested in imaginative stories that incorporate some mystery would enjoy this book. I also believe students that have any ties or interest into sailboats would enjoy the book.
Rating and Response: I give this book 5/5. I enjoyed the story told by the old man. It makes you think deeply about the content.
Text-Dependent Question: How did the young boy get his boat back to his village?
Strategy: Tompkins, G. E. (2013). 50 literacy strategies: Step by step. New Jersey: Pearson Education Inc.
Possible Sentences- Strategy 28 page 83-86.
Choosing any 8 to 10 words from the reading. Next, you introduce the topic/ make connections to topics previously studied. In this case, you could talk about imagination or the type of story this is related to previous lessons on the theme. You then define the words. After all of the keywords are identified, students write sentences using the words. Student’s will then share their sentences and the plausibility of each one. After that, the students will teach a lesson, evaluate the sentences, and revise.
This strategy would benefit children in that they have the opportunity to review new vocabulary and work on sentence structure while using new and previous knowledge.