Sunday, February 11, 2007
Every Living Thing, by Cynthia Rylant
This book is the single best short story collection I've ever used to teach comprehension strategies. The stories are incredibly rich, with universal themes that have managed to capture the interest of even my most reluctant readers. I'd estimate the text level at a DRA 40, but the stories are complex and poetic enough that I've found them a great fit for readers whose decoding ability is much higher, but who need support in learning to infer, reflect, and think deeply about metaphors, imagery, and characterization.