Rocket Writes a Story

Last updated Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Author: Tad Hills
Date of Publication: 2012
ISBN: 0375870865
Grade Level: 1st    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Sep. 2014

Synopsis: Rocket loves books and he wants to make his own, but he can't think of a story. Encouraged by a little yellow bird to look closely at the world around him for inspiration, Rocket sets out on a journey. Along the way he discovers small details that he has never noticed before, including a timid baby owl who becomes his friend, as well as an idea for a story.

Discussion topics for before reading:
  What kind of story do you think Rocket writes?
  Have you every written a story? What was it about?

  inspiring - to stimulate to greater or higher activity
  announce - to make known publicly; to state something aloud
  magnificent - having impressive beauty
  splendid - impressive in beauty, grandeur, or excellence
  declared - to make known openly or officially
  convenient - easy to get to or do
  inspiration - the act or power of moving the mind or the emotions
  trotted - to go along quickly
  tufts - a small cluster of long flexible outgrowths (as of hairs, feathers, or blades of grass) that are attached or close together
  captivated - to influence or fascinate by some special charm

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
  Who is Rocket's teacher?
  What does Rocket love to do?
  Where does Rocket put the words he learns?
  What does Rocket decide to write a story about?
  Who does Rocket read his story to?
  After Rocket reads his story to the owl, what happens?

Craft ideas:
  Cut squares from plain paper or light colored construction paper for the kids ahead of time. Have the kids make their own collection of words & drawings of objects, such as things around the classroom or words they have recently learned in school.
  Make your own "word tree". Draw a big tree on one sheet of construction paper, then paste your word cards onto it.
  On the bottom of your drawing, write your own story (maybe just a sentence) with some of the words on your word tree.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you dont have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!