Reference: Tresselt, A. (1947). White snow, bright snow. New York, NY: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Company Inc.
Brief Annotation: The story begins with the possibility of the first snowfall. The postman, the farmer, the policeman, the policeman’s wife, and children are followed throughout the story. All of the words in the story are incredibly descriptive as well as soft spoken. The story tracks winter until spring is sprung.
Grade Level: 3rd Grade- 4th Grade
Readers who would like this book: I think children that are excited about the first snowfall or snow, in general, would love this book. It is very descriptive and could be used for many different literacy centers.
Rating and Response: I give this book a 5/5. I love how soft spoken every line is. I also love how it ties in the same characters throughout the story. It is a fun story for anyone who is experiencing the beginning of winter.
Text-Dependent Question: What are some main characters in the story?
Strategy: Tompkins, G. E. (2013). 50 literacy strategies: Step by step. New Jersey: Pearson Education Inc.
Questioning the Author- 32, page 96-98
Teachers will analyze the text and identify the main topics/ big ideas that they want their students to focus on. In this case, you could talk about the repetition of the same characters or the types of phrases in the story. Next the teacher develops queries such as, “what do you think the author is trying to tell us by only showing the same characters throughout the story?” Thirdly, the students read the text through a read aloud. The teacher will stop at certain points that match with the main topics. Next, the teacher will ask her queries to open discussion. Following the previous, the teacher will keep reading and continue to ask more questions. Lastly, the class will discuss the text as a whole.
This is a great strategy in that it allows students to work on their oral language, their comprehension, and their leadership skills.