The Neat Line: Scribbling Through Mother Goose by Pamela Duncan Edwards

Schema: common fairytales

Text-to-Self Connections: How is a story a neat line?  How can a story have a messy line?  Could the line represent the beginning, the middle, and the end of a story?  Have you ever read a story that didn’t have a “neat” or all tidy and wrapped up ending?

Fairytale characters are in need of help to complete their stories.  The neat line helps them complete their illustration.

Synthesis:  Retell the stories in an “un-neat” way with a messy ending.

To explain Cause and Effect the reader could see that “Be” Cause–they are missing parts and need help, the effect is that the line draws what they need to make them happy and complete.


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