Mentor Texts: Asking Questions

Today I want to focus on mentor texts that can be used with the strategy asking questions. I've spent lots of time researching mentor texts to use to teach various strategies. I've only purchase 4 of the texts on my original list with this strategy, but I think this strategy can be used with any book!

The books I've purchased to teach this strategy are:

Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting
Summary from Amazon: A homeless boy who lives in an airport with his father, moving from terminal to terminal trying not to be noticed, is given hope when a trapped bird finally finds its freedom.

The Wall by Eve Bunting

Summary of Amazon: A boy travels to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with his father to seek out his grandfather's name.
I love that this book can be used to correlate with Social Studies standards. You all know how much I love to integrate Social Studies and Reading.
Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki

Summary from Amazon: Shorty and his family, along with thousands of Japanese Americans, are sent to an internment camp after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Fighting the heat and dust of the desert, Shorty and his father decide to build a baseball diamond and form a league in order to boost the spirits of the internees. Shorty quickly learns that he is playing not only to win, but to gain dignity and self-respect as well.
I purchased this book over a year ago when a sweet blog friend, Kim, gave me a gift card to Amazon. I got it to correlate with my Social Studies standards. LOVE this book!
The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg
Summary from Amazon: The enigmatic origins of the stranger that Farmer Bailey hits with his truck and brings home to recuperate seem to have a mysterious relation to the weather. Could he be Jack Frost?
Believe it or not, I've never read this book! I just got it in the mail from Amazon so I will be reading it today.
What books do you use to teach the strategy asking questions?


  1. Eve Bunting is one of my all time favorite authors. I love Fly Away Home for questioning. Another book I use is Rose Blanche. Thank you for your recommendations!

    Fit to be Fourth

  2. Questioning is one of my favorite strategies to teach. I think because the kids glom onto it so quickly. I like using the book Charlie Anderson, although it is a little bit more geared to the younger grades. Great story though! I haven't used The Stranger before so I am adding that to my list. Thanks so much for the recommendations.
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