Textual Lineage Charts. Ever heard of them? I hadn’t until teaching the Fantasy Book Clubs unit of the 5th grade LC Reading Units. (Session 7) Your Textual Lineage includes the books that you have read that have influenced you.
I loved this idea and I needed more information than was in the curriculum. The most helpful resource I found was from Teaching Tolerance. So, I provided several of the prompts from the graphic organizer from Teaching Tolerance to my fifth graders.
I got mixed results…
From the very goofy, ready for summer responses…
To the thoughtful responses I had hoped for…
I’ve been thinking about my textual lineage ever since I first read about the concept and this is what I have come up with…
Falling Up by Shel Silverstein
This was not the first or favorite book of my childhood. There were so many. But this is the one I read over and over. The one that I talked to other people about and that led me to Shel Silverstein’s other masterpieces. Even though part of my love of books has always been the solitude, there is still enjoyment to be found in sharing them. This is the text that solidified that books are fun.
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
I’m not sure exactly when I first read this book, but I think it was sometime in middle school? And then again in college. I love this book and it helped me realize that there is no such thing as a “boy book” or a “girl book.” And if we put these labels on our favorites, a whole group of young people will never read a book that may change their views of reading and life in general.
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
This is one I just read last year and posted about here. It helped me see that I am not alone and there is nothing wrong with me. Self-acceptance is a long road, one that I am still traveling down. However, the message I found in this book sure helped with the journey.
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I will have to check out Furiously Happy! I love Shel Silverstein and I also loved reading Hatchet. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to read before summer ends!