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    Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco: Reading Response Road Map

    Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco: Reading Response Road Map

    Take a navigated journey through a picture book! Use this reading response map as your guide through Patricia Polacco's Thunder Cake.

    In this story, while gathering the ingredients for her grandmother's "thunder cake," a young girl begins to overcome her fear of storms. Recipe for "thunder cake" is included. This book aligns with Guided Reading Level M, and introduces such topics as weather, food and cooking, grandparents, and feelings and emotions.

    On the reading response map, prompts in text boxes, along with art cues, guide students’ comprehension about the story they are reading. The prompts help students to build comprehension skills, such as:

    • recalling events
    • describing characters
    • predicting outcomes
    • exploring cause-and-effect relationships
    • making personal connections,
    • and more!

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    Teaching With Favorite Patricia Polacco Books

    Teaching With Favorite Patricia Polacco Books

    by Immacula A. Rhodes

    The stories of Patricia Polacco inspire young readers to appreciate family heritage, examine personal attitudes, and find reason to hope, dream, and reach for the stars. Introduce children to the work of this popular author-illustrator with activities like Thunder Cake Math and the Babushka Attribute Game! Includes Before and After Reading discussion ideas plus hands-on activities and reproducibles that build skills in reading, writing, math, art, and more.

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Pink and Say

Author: Patricia Polacco

Illustrator: Patricia Polacco

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Historical Fiction

African American, American Civil War, African American History, Courage, Bravery, Heroism, Honor, Kindness and Compassion, Helping Others

About This Book

When Sheldon Russell Curtis told this story to his daughter, Rosa, she kept every word in her heart and was to retell it many times.

     I will tell it in Sheldon's own words as nearly as I can.

He was wounded in a fierce battle and left for dead in a pasture somewhere in Georgia when Pinkus found him. Pinkus' skin was the color of polished mahogany, and he was flying Union colors. Still, Pinkus picked him up out of the field and brought him to where the black soldier's mother, Moe Moe Bay, lived. She had soft, gentle hands and cared for him and her Pink.

But the two boys were putting her in danger—two Union soldiers in Confederate territory! They had to get back to their outfits. Scared and uncertain, the boys were faced with a hard decision, and then marauding Confederate troops rode in!

In this Civil War story passed from great-grandfather to grandmother, to son, and finally to the author-artist herself, Patricia Polacco once again celebrates the shared humanity of the peoples of this world.

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