Sunday, July 7, 2013

Mentor Text - Language Arts and The Hundred Dresses

I am linking up with Collaboration Cuties for the FIRST time! I LOVE mentor Texts! When I taught Kindergarten that's all we did! We didn't have a series for anything! Switching to 4h grade Science was a bit harder to find good mentor text but I still prefer to teach using them! Today's is supposed to be Language Arts which I only teach during Rti but I LOVE and would teach if I could! I am sharing a book I read EVERY year in 4th grade. I use it to model writing their letter book reports and go over the parts of a letter.

It is a very old book and some of the language make it difficult for students to read which is why I read it aloud. It is a chapter book but a short one. It is The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes. It won the Newberry award in 1945.

It is about a poor Polish girl named Wanda and the girls who pick on her Peggy being the ring leader. Wanda wears the same blue dress every day to school but claims she has 100 dresses at home. Peggy makes it her "game" to ask Wanda about the dresses. Peggy's friend Maddie doesn't feel right about the teasing but is too afraid to say anything for fear she might be the next victim of Peggy's teasing. Wanda ends of leaving the school because of the poor treatment of her family and the girls realize their mistake but it is too late. They also learn the truth of the 100 dresses and Maddie swears she will never stand by and do nothing when she witnesses bullying.

I created a literature response set to go with this book. You can grab it HERE in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Hundred Dresses Reader Response


  1. This sounds like a great read for almost any level! I teach grade six gifted and I think I would enjoy reading it to my class as part of our focus on character education and anti-bullying. Thank for highlighting another "oldie but goodie"!

  2. I have fond memories of reading this book when I was young, many moons ago... Thanks so much for reminding me of this wonderful story. Also, just found your blog through the mentor text linky and am a new follower with bloglovin! :0)

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  3. Hi! One of the teachers I work with suggested this book to me but I never did buy it. I was afraid it may be too old. However, bullying is a topic we all have to deal with so I can see how this would be a great read aloud! I'm so glad you linked up!

    Collaboration Cuties

  4. This sounds like a great book. I found your blog through the linky party. I'm a new follower.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  5. This looks like a great book. Thanks for sharing. I'm your newest follower.

    Creating Lifelong Learners