Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Mummies, written by Elizabeth Carney, is not for the faint of heart, but it is a terrific vehicle for teaching nonfiction text features and for those older readers who need to read easier texts to work on fluency.  It's National Geographic, so the photographs are top notch and vivid (squeamish readers beware!) in their depiction of mummies.  We get to see mummies from different eras and learn how mummies can teach us about the past.  Carney has a sense of humor which shows up in the procedural text "How to Make a Mummy" and in the jokes which top several pages.

There are different features in this book (table of contents, index, highlighted vocabulary) that can be used for a mini-lesson on text features. Middle grade readers that need fluency work won't be embarrassed to carry this title around. Check out this link for more info about this series.

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