Realistic (fiction), Trade Book, Lexile 830
Nick Allen is a confident and clever fifth-grade student. Mrs. Granger is a serious fifth-grade teacher who loves the dictionary and insists that her students use words correctly. The two of them enter a battle of wills when Nick invents a new word for his pen. Despite Mrs. Granger's disapproval and the threat of numerous detentions, Nick persuades his friends and classmates to use the word frindle instead of pen at school. Nick's rebellion gets him in trouble at school and also attracts media attention. Soon everyone is using the word frindle, and Nick witnesses how something created can take on a life of its own, far exceeding the inventor's expectations. While Nick seems to win the war of words, the ending reveals that Mrs. Granger also had a plan of her own all along.
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By Andrew Clements
Trade Book Lesson
Make, revise, and confirm predictions
Determine an authorís purpose for writing
Grammar and Mechanics
Recognize and use dashes
Understand, identify, and use synonyms
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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