Students will complete a reading review and reflection following their independent reading of My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis by Paul Meisel. Use this companion teacher sheet as a guideline for assessing their understanding of the story. The most common correct answers are included.
1. Who is telling this story?
P. Mantis, a praying mantis, the bug/insect that said "Here I am!" in the beginning
2. Which parts of the story do you think are nonfiction?
The types of things P. Mantis eats, the habitat of P. Mantis, the lifespan of P. Mantis, the number of brothers and sisters, and the predators of P. Mantis are nonfiction.
3. Which parts of the story do you think are fiction?
The talking insect is fiction.
4. What do praying mantises eat?
They eat aphids and other praying mantises.
5. What kind of creatures are predators of praying mantises?
Birds are predators of praying mantises.
6. Why do praying mantises shed their skin?
They shed their skin so they can continue to grow bigger.
7. How long do praying mantises live?
They live for a summer or about 4-6 months.
1. What kind of information is this book aiming to share?
How a praying mantis lives, the life cycle of a praying mantis, and the things a praying mantis eats.
2. What questions do you still have about the life and nature of praying mantises?
Answers may vary.
3. What do you think about this hybrid text style of writing? What do you like about it? What don't you like about it?
Answers may vary. Students should answer about both elements they like and do not like about the hybrid text.