Friday, May 22, 2015

When I Was Young in the Mountains

published on: 2/28/2003

Contributing Teacher(s): Suzanne Boyce

Subject Area: Communication Arts/Reading/Literature

Grade Range: Lower Elementary (K-3), Upper Elementary (4-5)

Materials Needed:

  • Rylant, Cynthia''s, "When I Was Young in the Mountains", Scholastic Books, 1982.
  • copies of assessment tool

Instructional Strategy: Questions

Process Standards:

  • Goal 1.5 comprehend and evaluate written, visual and oral presentations and works
  • Goal 4.1 explain reasoning and identify information used to support decisions

Content Standards:

  • Communication Arts 1. Speaking and writing standard English (including grammar, usage, punctuation, spelling, ...)
  • Communication Arts 2. Reading and evaluating fiction, poetry and drama
  • Communication Arts 4. Writing formally (such as reports, narratives, essays) and informally (such as outlines, notes)


    Time Allowance: 40 minutes

    Description: Students grade 2-6 listen, discuss book and share own childhood memories in letter form--scoring guide, writing

    Classroom Component: Name   ______________ When I Was Young in the Mountains

  • Which state might the author be writing about? Why do you think so? ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________
  • What are some reasons it may have taken the author a long time to take a bath? ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________
  • Which of the author''s memories did you enjoy the most? Why? ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________
  • Now write a letter to someone sharing memories of life when you were young. ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________
  • Answer Key for When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant
    Question   Points   Description
    1 2 pts. Must include:  a state containing mountains (1 pt) Reasonable support:  has mountains, mine there, etc. (1 pt.)
    2 2 pts. Includes at least two:  pumping, hauling, or heating water
    3 2 pts. Answer should accurately include one of the memories from the story such as:  Grandpa''s clean lips, eating corn bread, walking to the outhouse at night, swimming with snakes, going to the grocery store, killing the snake (1 pt.) Reasonable support of why the student enjoyed the memory. (1 pt.)
    4 4 pts. Correct letter form. Addressed to a specific person. Includes information about two or more of the following: where the student lived, family relationships or specific activities. Few mechanical errors which are not distracting.
    3 pts. Minor errors in letter form. Only includes one of the following: where the student lived, family relationships, or activities.
    2 pts. Distracting errors in letter form. Vague details concerning student''s early life.
    1 pt. Not in letter form. Does not address student''s early life. Difficult to follow.
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    For additional information contact :
    Suzanne Boyce
    McMillan Elem.
    Mexico 59
    (573) 581-5029

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