Mentor Text {The Stranger}

The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg is one of my all time favorite stories!  This is a wonderful story for teaching making inferences.  The story starts with farmer Bailey finding the stranger and bringing him home.  {Farmer Bailey actually hits the stranger with his truck and thought he had hit a dear. Not the nicest beginning to a story.}

As the story progresses we find out information about the stranger through the other character's experiences with him.  The stranger does not speak and does not know who he is.  Through the clues readers make inferences as to who the stranger is.

The stranger finally remembers who he is and ends up leaving the Bailey farm to continue on with his "job".  The author never reveals to the reader who the stranger is but, through inferencing you can determine the stranger is ..................................Jack Frost :)

I am actually reading this story with my kids this week to review making inferences and RL4.3.  I am going to have my kids also complete my Reading Feast Craftivity for our November Bulletin Board.

Reading Feast
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  1. The Stranger is one of my favorite books for making inferences as well. I love your reading feast. I pinned it and added it to my TPT wish list.

    Thank you!

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  2. After reading your blog post, I visited Amazon and ordered a copy! Can't wait to use it. Thanks!

  3. Ohh, that looks like a good book. I like his Substitute Creature book. My 3rd Graders loved it last year.


  4. This is one of my favorite books of all time. I'm using it this week to teach synthesizing with my kids.

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  5. I have heard a lot of great things about this book, but I still haven't bought it! Leave it to Chris Van Allsburg to make you inference!!! I love the reading feast craftivity! Too cute!

    Thanks for linking up!
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  6. L~O~V~E this book for inferencing! I used it last year-thanks for reminding me to break it out-perfect timing!
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  8. I just read this book with my kiddos a few weeks ago when we were working on inferences. They loved it!! The craftivity looks great!
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  9. I did this book a few weeks ago for predicting and love it! We talked about how you have to revise your predictions as you go along, and that sometimes you still don't get it right. They were so shocked in the end!

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  10. OH my GOSH. I love the Reading Feast product you posted! Definitely going to have to purchase that, thanks!

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  11. Thank you so much for that Thanksgiving Reading Feast craftivity. Best $2 I ever spent! I had my class complete these for our school bulletin boards. It looks so nice! I have pictures that I would like to email you just so that you see your great contribution to our school. :) Thanks again! Keep sharing those great products. I have hopes to do something else cute and literacy-related for December. :)

    1. I don't see your email or contact information. Maybe you do not have it displayed. If you want to contact me, my email is I would send you a picture only, just so you know. But if you prefer your privacy, I completely understand. Just know that the board looks great! What a terrific and simple idea! Thanks a lot!


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