Dance!

Bibliographic Information: Cooper, Elisha. Dance! New York: Greenwillow Books, 2001. Print.

Brief Annotation: This book follows a dance company from rehearsal to performance with lots of detail and fun, descriptive language.

Genre: Nonfiction/Realistic Fiction

Grade Level: 2-4

Readers who will like this: Students who enjoy dance or movement will especially enjoy and connect with this book.

Rating/Response: 3 – This book is fun and has a lot of words that will help students imagine the process of getting dancers ready for rehearsal. I don’t like how small and minimalistic the illustrations are, but the writing is really engaging and students can visualize what goes into being a dancer.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What do you imagine it’s like to be a professional dancer? What sorts of things would you do to prepare for a performance?

Reading Strategy: Important Ideas

Rationale for Strategy: Since this book is very detailed, it offers an opportunity for students to practice picking out the important ideas of a text, namely the steps of preparing for a professional dance performance.

Posted by: Caitlin Miller

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