Missing Mayis the book I chose for our listening station this rotation to support our literature circles in our current Realistic Fiction focus. It's a Newberry Award Winner by author Cynthia Rylant. This book was a new one to me, but has been available in our school resource library for a while. I wanted a book that was an easier read for my students, but also had some good meat to it. This was just perfect. In a very matter of fact, yet positive way, the author presents this story of a young girl orphaned early in her life and bounced from home to home among distant relatives. When May and Ob come to visit, they just know they have to take Summer with them. Summer continues to have tragedy in her life when May dies and leaves her and Ob to figure things out together. With the help of a classmate, Summer gets through the sadness and together they help Ob.
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I purchased this novel unit to help me out. I just choose a few of the questions that correlate with the chapters I've assigned to help my students practice answering in complete sentences. Since it a listening station book, I want my students to focus on the enjoyment of listening to the story.
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