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How to Make Apple Pie in Second Person
Language Arts, Social Studies
3, 4, 5
Title – How to Make Apple Pie in Second Person
By – Renee Fairchild
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects – Social Studies
Grade Level – 3-5
MS Language Arts benchmarks – 1C and 9D
MS Social Studies benchmarks – 3A,B,C and 4A,B
When teaching story elements and author’s point of view, teachers teach that first person is when the author is telling his/her own story or is a character in the story. We teach that third person (omniscient point of view) is when the author is not a part of the story or writes as though he is on the outside looking in. We skip over second person because children’s literature is not written in second person. Right? Not so fast… A few years ago, I found a wonderful children’s book written in second person. How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman is a delightful book that sends the reader all over the world looking for ingredients to make an apple pie, since the market is closed. This is a wonderful book to use during apple themes (September and October). It is also excellent for teaching geography and mapping skills, economics, sequencing, following directions, cooking skills (there is a recipe in the back), and imperative sentences (almost all of the sentences are commands). I was able to cover several objectives in this one book. My students loved it!
I would also be interested in other children’s books similar to this one.
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